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Tech & Science NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after record mission

10:15  07 february  2020
10:15  07 february  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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NASA astronaut Christina Koch broke two records during her mission on the International Space Station--she was part of the first all-female spacewalk and

The capsule carrying a crew of three from the International Space Station, including record -setting U.S. astronaut Christina Koch , lands in Kazakhstan.

a group of people around each other: NASA astronaut Christina Koch reacts shortly after landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-13 space capsule in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan © Reuters/POOL NASA astronaut Christina Koch reacts shortly after landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-13 space capsule in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. astronaut Christina Koch, who led the first all-female spacewalk in 2019, landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after a record stay on the International Space Station, ending a 328-day mission expected to yield new insights into deep-space travel.

The Soyuz MS-13 capsule touched down on the Kazakh desert steppe at 4:12 am ET carrying Koch, 41, European astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov.

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American astronaut Christina Koch , who led the first all-female spacewalk in 2019, landed in Kazakhstan on February 6 after a record stay on the Koch , a North Carolina-born engineer who joined NASA 's astronaut corps in 2013, set the record for the longest stay in space by a woman.

a person wearing a costume: Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov reacts shortly after landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-13 space capsule in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan © Reuters/POOL Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov reacts shortly after landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-13 space capsule in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan Koch's mission broke the record for the longest continuous stay in space by a woman, previously held by NASA's Peggy Whitson.

She also achieved a gender milestone in a relatively routine spacewalk with fellow NASA astronaut Jessica Meir last October that marked the first time two women stepped out of the space station at the same time.

a person holding a cell phone: NASA astronaut Christina Koch sits in a chair shortly after landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-13 space capsule in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan © Reuters/POOL NASA astronaut Christina Koch sits in a chair shortly after landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-13 space capsule in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan NASA's first attempt for an all-female spacewalk in March 2019 was called off because one of the astronauts' medium-sized spacesuits was not properly configured in advance, igniting a gender-equity debate within the space community.

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U.S. astronaut Christina Koch , who led the first all-female spacewalk in 2019, was due to return to Earth on Thursday. Koch is returning after completing a record stay aboard the International Space Station. Koch was scheduled to climb into a Russian Soyuz capsule and depart at 9:30 p.m. on

U.S. astronaut Christina Koch , who led the first all-female spacewalk in 2019, was due to return to Earth on Thursday after a record stay aboard the Koch , 41, was scheduled to climb into a Russian Soyuz capsule docked at the station with two other returning crew members and depart at 9:30 p.m

a person holding a child: NASA astronaut Christina Koch gets assistance shortly after landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-13 space capsule in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan © Reuters/POOL NASA astronaut Christina Koch gets assistance shortly after landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-13 space capsule in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan Astronauts on the space station, whose 20th anniversary in low-Earth orbit comes later this year, have tallied 227 maintenance spacewalks, nearly two dozen of which included women astronauts, according to NASA. Koch and Meir conducted two more spacewalks together in January.

NASA said Koch's lengthy mission will provide researchers with much-needed data on how the weightlessness of gravity and space radiation affects the female body on long-duration spaceflights. 

a group of people in uniform: The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Christina Koch of the U.S. smiles after donning space suit check shortly before launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome © Reuters/SHAMIL ZHUMATOV The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Christina Koch of the U.S. smiles after donning space suit check shortly before launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome That science, to be studied in the coming months, could prove useful for the U.S. space agency's aim of building a permanent space station on the moon's surface within the next decade.

NASA astronaut Christina Koch celebrates her 300th day in space

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. astronaut Christina Koch , who led the first all-female spacewalk in 2019, was due to return to Earth on Thursday after a record stay Koch 's mission broke the record for the longest continuous stay in space by a woman, previously held by NASA 's Peggy Whitson.

U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly's 340 days in orbit starting in 2015 demonstrated that long-term spaceflight causes human health effects such as thickening of the carotid artery and retina, changes in gene expression and slight cognitive impairment for men.

a group of people standing around a motorcycle: Landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-13 space capsule in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan © Reuters/POOL Landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-13 space capsule in a remote area southeast of Zhezkazgan in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan Launched into orbit last March, Koch's mission was extended in April from its original span of six months to nearly a year after she was already aboard the station.

(Reporting by Joey Roulette; Editing by Steve Gorman, Sandra Maler and Giles Elgood)

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