NC State grad Christina Koch breaks NASA record for longest female spaceflight -Salem

NASA astronaut Christina Koch made history Saturday by breaking the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.Koch, a North Carolina State University graduate, has been on the International Space Station for 289 days, beating the previous 288-day record held by Peggy Whitson.Click the video player above to see Koch in spaceThe spaceflight Koch is on will keep her in flight until February 2020, which is just short of the all-time record for the longest spaceflight by a NASA astronaut. This is the second record Koch has broken this year. The first one was Oct. 18 with Jessica Mier when the two replaced a failed power system and became the first astronauts on an all-female spacewalk.Koch and Meir are both included on the list of 12 women who could be the first female astronauts on the moon in 2024.

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NASA astronaut Christina Koch made history Saturday by breaking the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

Koch, a North Carolina State University graduate, has been on the International Space Station for 289 days, beating the previous 288-day record held by Peggy Whitson.

Click the video player above to see Koch in space

The spaceflight Koch is on will keep her in flight until February 2020, which is just short of the all-time record for the longest spaceflight by a NASA astronaut.

This is the second record Koch has broken this year. The first one was Oct. 18 with Jessica Mier when the two replaced a failed power system and became the first astronauts on an all-female spacewalk.

Koch and Meir are both included on the list of 12 women who could be the first female astronauts on the moon in 2024.

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