NASA Astronaut Christina Koch started her trip to International Space Station (ISS) along with ESA Astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov back in 2019 for a science mission.
And now all three of them had made their way back to Earth on Thursday with a safe landing somewhere in Kazakhstan as planned. They boarded a Soyuz capsule, which was docked at the station at around 12:50 AM EST, and had a safe arrival as scheduled at around 4:12 AM EST (3:12 PM local time), confirmed by TechCrunch.
The three of them stayed and traversed in space for 328 consecutive days at ISS. Also, on accomplishing this extended stay in space, Koch has set a record as the second Astronaut after Scott Kelley, who spent 340 days in space and surpassing fellow U.S. Astronaut Peggy Whitson’s record of 289 days.
Koch also posted a tweet expressing her views – “What will I miss? The exquisite beauty of both the planet Earth and this marvel that its amazing people created.”
What will I miss? The exquisite beauty of both the planet Earth and this marvel that its amazing people created. pic.twitter.com/VWIFXuJMTp
— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) February 5, 2020
Besides, on their trip to Space Koch and his fellow mates covered a total distance of 139 million miles, including 5,248 orbits of the Earth, while they were on board and travelling to the space station. Apart from that, Koch has also moved outside the space station and spent her time completing six spacewalks, including the record-setting first-ever spacewalk involving all women with fellow astronaut Jessica Meir – and two more all-women spacewalks after that.
After their landing upon the Earth, all three of them were found in good shape. Though, they would go through some standard medical check-ups, which is usual when every Astronaut returns from the space before leaving for their home.
Christina Koch’s science mission is still not completed and will return by participating in NASA research about long term spaceflight. By doing so, it will open up the doors for her further trips into space.