'It Feels Awesome': NASA's Christina Koch to Set New ISS Record

'It Feels Awesome': NASA's Christina Koch to Set New ISS Record

NASA's new crew assignments were announced earlier today, at which time Koch (pronounced "Cook") learned that she'll be participating in ISS missions 59, 60, and 61.

"Astronauts demonstrate fantastic resilience and adaptability in response to long duration spaceflight exposure", Jennifer Fogarty, chief scientist of the Human Research Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, said in a statement.

Koch will, however, eclipse the 288 days former rocketeer Peggy Whitson spent in space from 2016-17. "Astronauts demonstrate wonderful resilience and adaptability in response to long duration spaceflight exposure", explained Jennifer Fogarty, NASA's chief scientist of the Human Research Program at Johnson Space Center.

Koch took to Twitter to say, "One month down".

The spacecraft will remain attached to the space station for approximately two months before departing with up to 7,700 pounds (about 3,500 kg) of cargo for disposal, according to Northrop Grumman. Her mission has been extended, and she will remain at the station until February 2020. NASA hopes that Koch's stay on the ISS will give its scientists more data on the potential health effects of long-term spaceflight on the human body. It is also very close to the overall record, now held by NASA's Scott Kelly, who spent 340 days in space from March 2016 to March 2017. Koch's stint will be just 12 days short of retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly's all-time record of 340 days. "This will enable successful exploration missions with healthy, performance-ready astronauts".

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"Christina's extended mission will provide additional data for NASA's Human Research Program and continue to support future missions to the Moon and Mars", said Jennifer Fogarty, chief scientist of the Human Research Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, US.

Meir's September launch to the station will mark her first spaceflight.

Russian Federation still holds the world's space endurance record.

Six astronauts aboard the ISS complete between 15 to 16 orbits of the earth each day.

Morgan will make his first flight into space this summer. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

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