On March 14, NC State physics and engineering alumna and NASA astronaut Christina Koch blasted off for her first mission to the International Space Station. She got right to work, spending nearly seven hours outside the station upgrading its power storage capacity during her first spacewalk.
Spacewalkers Christina Koch (@Astro_Christina) and Nick Hague (@AstroHague) are setting up their work site with the South Atlantic Ocean passing 262 miles below. #AskNASA | https://t.co/yuOTrZ4Jut pic.twitter.com/ekKhk0OoK9
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) March 29, 2019
By the time she returns to Earth in February 2020, Koch will have surpassed the record for longest single spaceflight by a woman, spending nearly a full year in orbit.
Follow her adventures in space on social media:
Learn more about Koch in some of our past coverage:
- Blasting Off Into History (March 2019)
- To the Stars (September 2016)
- Aiming for the Stars (February 2016)
This post was originally published in College of Sciences News.