This NASA Astronaut Is All Set To Make Record For Longest Spaceflight By A Woman

NASA astronaut Christina Koch is all set to make a record for the longest spaceflight by a woman. Christina’s mission on the International Space station (ISS) has been extended to 11 months, the US Space agency said on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old astronaut, who arrived on the space station on March 14, will now be on the space station till February 2020. This will break the 288-days record set by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2016-2017.

Expressing her happiness to be a part of the mission Christina said, “It feels awesome”.


“The perspective that you gain up here looking down on earth, and seeing a world without borders representing all of humanity, up here in a global effort to explore and to do science on the frontiers. That actually benefits the earth that we’re looking down on,” she was quoted as saying in an ABC News report.


According to NASA, this extended mission is an attempt to study the effects of the long-duration spaceflight on the human body.

“Such research is essential to support future deep space exploration missions to the Moon and Mars,” said the U.S Space Agency.

Last month, NASA had cancelled an all-women spacewalk citing lack of spacesuit, with Christina and another American astronaut Anne McClain. Later Anne was replaced by a male colleague, astronaut Nick Hague.