Astronaut Christina Koch made the return journey from the Worldwide House Station (ISS) early on Thursday, together with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov. The three boarded a Soyuz capsule docked on the ISS at round 12:50 AM EST, and had a protected touchdown as deliberate at round 4:12 AM EST (3:12 PM native time) in Kazakhstan.
Koch’s journey was vital as a result of it set a document, formally making her the U.S. astronaut with the second-longest keep in house with 328 consecutive days on the Station. She’s second solely to Scott Kelley, who spent 340 days in house, and she or he’s formally the lady with the longest keep in house worldwide, passing fellow U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson’s document of 289 days.
As NASA notes, Koch’s tour included 5,248 orbits of the Earth, with a complete distance traversed of 139 million miles by way of how far the House Station traveled throughout its orbit whereas she was on board. Koch additionally spent fairly a little bit of time outdoors the station, finishing six spacewalks, together with the record-setting first ever spacewalk involving all women with fellow astronaut Jessica Meir – and two extra all-women spacewalks after that.
Koch and her fellow returning house travellers all seemed to be in good condition upon touchdown, however will get the usual medical checks widespread for all returning astronauts earlier than returning dwelling. And Koch’s science mission isn’t performed now that she’s again – she’s collaborating in NASA analysis about long-duration spaceflight that can pave the best way for journeys additional out into the photo voltaic system, together with the Moon and Mars beneath the company’s Artemis program.