Michigan native sends salutations from space station to Great Lakes state

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A Michigan-born NASA astronaut Wednesday sent salutations from space to the Great Lakes state.

Astronauts Jessica Meir, left, and Christina Koch pose Oct. 28, 2019, for a photo in the International Space Station.

Christina Hammock Koch, who made history in October as part of the world’s first all-female spacewalking team, tweeted a picture of Michigan taken from aboard the International Space Station.

"Good evening, Michigan," Koch wrote in the Wednesday tweet. "The mitten waves back, even at night."

A member of NASA’s Astronaut Class of 2013, Koch is an electrical engineer who is on an 11-month mission, which will be the longest ever by a woman. She is more than 200 days into a 328-day space mission.

She and astronaut Jessica Meir made the first all-female spacewalk on Oct. 18.

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