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Space Camp Alumna Christina Koch prepares for her return trip to Earth

Astronaut Christina Koch is a five-time Space Camp graduate of Space Camp programs. Koch is a native of Michigan and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from North Carolina State University, as well as a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. She graduated from the NASA Academy program at Goddard Space Flight Center in 2001. Afterwards, she worked as an Electrical Engineer in the Labratory for High Energy Astrophysics at Goddard Space Flight Center.

In 2013, Koch was selected as a NASA Astronaut candidate and became one of the eight members of the 21st NASA astronaut class. Her astronaut training was complete in July 2015 and she became a part of Expedition 59, 60, and 61 aboard the International Space Station.

Since being aboard the International Space Station, Koch has been a part of many record-breaking endeavors. In October 2018, she and Astronaut Jessica Meir were participants in the first all female spacewalk, and in December 2019 Koch broke the record for longest spaceflight by a woman by exceeding 289 days in space.

Christina Koch is set to return to Earth from the International Space Station on February 6, 2020 and a record breaking 328 days in space. She will return aboard a Russian Soyuz craft with International Space Station crew mates Luca Parmitano and Alexander Skvortsov. Her return to Earth will mark the end of a recording journey aboard the International Space Station for Koch, and the beginning of new adventures yet to come. With the beginning of the Artemis program, Koch is sure to play a role in continued space exploration as humans continue to expand their horizons in the cosmos.


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