Female NASA Astronaut Hopes to Make History by Surpassing Record in Longest Space Shuttle Stay

A female NASA astronaut is reaching for the stars as she looks to make history with the longest spaceflight by a woman.

Astronaut Christina Koch will make her mark in history, as she is scheduled to spend 328 days at the International Space Station (ISS) and outpass former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson’s 288 days.

Even though an all-female spacewalk got canceled in March, Koch will still make history with her new extended mission — and she couldn’t be happier.

“I still have the grin on my face that won’t seem to go away, just that I’m here every day,” Koch told “Good Morning America” (GMA) in an exclusive interview from ISS. She left on March 14 for the space station and is scheduled to return in February 2020.

Speaking about her mission extension on the space station, Koch shared how “awesome” it feels to have that role:

“It’s truly a dream come true to know that I can continue to work on the program that I valued so highly my whole life. To be able to contribute to that and to give my best every day to that for as long as possible is a true honor and a dream come true.”

Koch noted how it’s an “honor to follow in Peggy’s footsteps.”

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“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,” Koch said, according to GMA. “That actually benefits the Earth that we’re looking down on.”

Koch challenged others to “reach farther than you think you can go,” adding that when we do, “it has magnifying effects both for ourselves and what we can then strive to do in the future, but also for the world around us.”

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This new plan by NASA comes after it halted the first-ever all-female spacewalk in March because of limited medium-size spacesuits on the space station — instead leaving Koch participating in the spacewalk with astronaut Nick Hague, according to GMA.

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TOM
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Madison please try and keep up with the US space program if you are going to write about it. The Space Shuttle program was ended in 2011. The last flight was on July 8, 201. Christina Koch is on the International Space STATION and that is where she is looking to set her record days in space.

Phyllis Softa
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Thank you, Madison. This is the perfect article to expose actual accomplishments of 2 American women– a journalist and an astronaut. It is time IJR stops assigning you reviews of the drama at TV talk shows–unless you were planning for a career at TV guide or National Enquirer.

Screwtape
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Sure. Though you’ll pay in cognitive ability, lifespan, and a much greater chance of of developing cancer. q.v. Scott Kelly.

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