Astronaut Christina Koch reunited with her dog after year in space

WATCH Astronaut welcomed home by excited pooch after a year in space

WATCH Astronaut welcomed home by excited pooch after a year in space

"I felt like a two-week-old who was actually working hard to hold up my own head", she said, describing her first few days back in gravity.

"I kind of forgot I was floating until a new crew would come and they'd be so excited about floating", she said.

This time, when she saw the ocean, she wasn't floating above it 200 miles away in space.

"To see your favorite animal is a symbol of coming back to the people and places you love", Koch said during a press conference Thursday, CNN reported. There are many shakes and Koch seems equally excited to meet his canine friend.

After spending a record-breaking 328 days in space, the longest single spaceflight by a woman, NASA astronaut Christina Koch officially returned to Earth on February 6.

As NASA gears up for the next generation of lunar and, eventually, Mars-bound missions, studying how microgravity affects the body will be crucial as longer spaceflights become the norm.

Koch set a record for a woman's longest space flight and she participated in the first exclusively female spacewalk in October 2019.

The only other American astronaut to spend more days in space than Koch is Scott Kelly, who spent 340 days out of this world, according to NASA.

In the upcoming Artemis missions, NASA will be sending the first woman and next man to the moon.

In totaling to her science experiments on the space station, Christina Koch overall mission would permit researchers to learn the impacts of long-duration spaceflight on a female astronaut.

"We call her LBD, little brown dog".

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