Six weeks keep until a NASA astronaut returns to Earth after breaking the sooner doc for time spent in home.
Who has spent the longest time in home?
Christina Koch has broken the sooner mark set by NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2017 for the longest solo home mission by a lady. At 6:16 p.m. CST on Saturday (Dec. 28), the 40-year-old Expedition 61 flight engineer surpassed Whitson’s mark of 289 days, 5 hours, and 1 minute (0016 GMT on Dec. 29).
In a sequence of interviews with the media on Thursday, Koch mentioned, “Having the chance to stay up here for so long is definitely an honor.” It serves as a reminder to mentor and offers once more as soon as I return on account of Peggy is a process model to me and has been gracious enough to mentor me over time.
On March 14, Koch launched to the home station for what was alleged to be a standard six-month mission. Later, NASA decided to extend her preserve, with a view to gather additional knowledge regarding the impacts of prolonged spaceflight. She will now arrive on February 6, 2020.