NASA astronaut Christina Koch aims for record-setting 328 days on ISS

18 Avril, 2019, 01:11 | Auteur: Therese Cote

Station astronaut Christina Koch (Cook) will remain on board for about 11 months, until February.

Today, at 4:46 p.m. EST, the Antares rocket will blast off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, and kickstart the Cygnus NG-11 Cargo mission, which will deliver important supplies to astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Space.com reported.

The record for an extended spaceflight by an American is held by United States astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent 340 days aboard the ISS in 2015-16 with Russian Mikhail Kornienko.

"It feels awesome", Koch said when told her mission was being prolonged.

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Jennifer Fogarty, chief scientist of NASA's Human Research Program, said Koch's extended mission would provide additional data about the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the human body and "support future missions to the Moon and Mars". Andrew Morgan will launch to the space station this summer for a nine-month mission - also considerably longer than the usual six months.

NASA announced the extended assignments this week. She will log 328 days in space, setting the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

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