Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Astronaut welcomed home by excited pooch after a year in space

Astronaut welcomed home by excited pooch after a year in space

"I feel great", Koch said about six days after her return to Earth. But perhaps one of Koch's most most important contributions was that she herself was the subject of study while in space. The record spaceflight saw Koch participate in more than 200 scientific investigations, including a look at how such a long term in space physically affects a woman.

Astronauts who spend months orbiting the International Space Station miss their families.

Christina Koch, the NASA astronaut who recently returned from a record-setting, 328-day mission, was welcomed home by a special friend.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Koch said that aside from a few neck pains and balancing problems, she was readjusting well to gravity and enjoying being back on Earth, CNN reported. The astronaut deserved the warm welcome, considering that she had just made history for the longest space mission ever performed by a woman.

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And while there wasn't much free time on board the ISS, Koch described the "multitude of emotions when you look back at Earth". Koch adopted her from human society. "I am just excited that I'll know the first woman and the next man to walk on the moon".

In totaling to her science experiments on the space station, Christina Koch overall mission would permit researchers to learn the impacts of long-duration spaceflight on a female astronaut.

The 41-year-old also couldn't wait to be reunited with her rescue puppy, LBD, which stands for Little Brown Dog.

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