Astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth and fulfills the longest space mission in history ever accomplished by a woman.
Starting to fly into space on March 14, 2019 and taking missions at the International Space Station (ISS) from there, NASA astronaut Christina Koch landed safely on February 6, 2020 and set the longest female record in the universe with 328 days.
Astronaut Christina Koch leaves the Soyuz ship after landing in Kazakhstan.The ship also has Russian astronaut Alexander Skvortsov and Italian Luca Parmitano.(Image: NASA / Bill Ingalls).
During his time in space, Koch conducted many scientific experiments to see how their reactions differed from those performed on Earth. Working with her was the female astronaut Jessica Meir and they made the first all-female walk in history on October 18, 2019.
Christina Koch shared after getting off the landing craft: 'Right now, I'm feeling overwhelmed by happiness.'(Photo: Sergei Ilnitsky / AP).
Upon landing in Kazakhstan, Koch happily smiled and excitedly said loudly: 'After many experiences in the universe, in the end the most expected experience is still the wind blowing in my face. It was great to be back to mother land. '
From left to right: Female astronauts Christina Koch (USA), Alexander Skvortsov (Russia) and Luca Parmitano (Italy).All 3 astronauts have just returned to Earth on February 6, 2020.(Image: NASA / Bill Ingalls).
During more than a year at the ISS, the female astronaut flew 5,248 around the Earth, saw 16 times of sunrise and sunset every day as well as traveled a distance of 223 million km. Before Koch, there was female astronaut Peggy Whitson holding this record in 2015.
Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir at the International Space Station.Together, they took the first ever female spacewalk.(Photo: NASA).
Originally an electrical engineer in North Carolina, she had the time to develop a variety of equipment and machines for scientific research in extreme conditions such as Antarctica or Alaska. During his time on the ISS, Koch worked on protein crystal development to figure out how to use them to cure Alzheimer's and Parkinsons.
Christina Koch next to scientific equipment sent from Earth by SpaceX's Dragon.This is the device that produces atomic clouds cooled to one part a billion compared to absolute zero, which is a lot colder than the average temperature of the universe.At this heat level, the atoms do not seem to move so that scientists can understand their properties and behavior.(Photo: NASA).
Despite being the longest-serving woman in the universe, Koch says she doesn't care much about gender and that she only makes a lot of effort just to be devoted. She once shared in a talk: 'I hope that Jessica Meir and me working together on ISS will inspire young people and girls so they can do incredible things.
Ms. Koch at the dome of a seven-sided window looking at the Earth to take pictures.At this time, ISS is flying 416km above the surface of the Pacific Ocean.(Photo: NASA).
In fact, both of us have received many inspirations from our childhood up to now, which makes us constantly try and embrace our dream of becoming an astronaut, and then I can do. There is always something that is important to you and worth the effort you earn it. '
Christina Koch is observing protein crystal samples through a microscope to conduct scientific experiments.(Photo: NASA).
NASA has made great efforts to promote the diversification of gender and race among its astronauts. In the 2013 generation of astronauts that Christina Koch herself was present, the sex ratio was 50:50. But in history since 1961 with the first man to fly into space, a total of 560 men have gone into space compared to less than 70 women.
Koch is conducting simulated capillary structure to find out how the fluids in the human body are moving, to apply for space exploration missions in the distant future.(Photo: NASA).
The US Space Agency said it was planning to send people back to the Moon by 2024, and beyond that would be to send people to stay longer in the extraterrestrial objects. This plan needs to have gender and ethnic diversity to be sustainable and long-term.