Michigan native returns to Earth after 11 months in space
A record-setting astronaut who was born in Michigan is home along with two of her crew mates, NASA said Thursday.
Christina Koch, who set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman in history, returned Thursday to Earth from the International Space Station along with Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, officials said.
The three made a safe, parachute-assisted landing at 4:12 a.m. in Kazakhstan.
Koch, NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin launched into space on March 14, 2019. Her first journey into space of 328 days is the second-longest single spaceflight by a U.S. astronaut and also places her seventh on the list of cumulative time in space for American astronauts with one or more missions.
She completed 5,248 orbits of the Earth and a journey of 139 million miles, roughly the equivalent of 291 trips to the Moon and back. She also conducted six spacewalks, including the first three all-woman spacewalks, spending 42 hours and 15 minutes outside the space station.