Astronaut's heartfelt reunion with pet dog after 328 days in space

Astronaut’s dog goes bonkers when she returns home from year in space, video shows | Raleigh News & Observer

Astronaut’s dog goes bonkers when she returns home from year in space, video shows | Raleigh News & Observer

The video shows her dog wagging up a storm, peering out the front door with her front paws on the window sill as Koch nears. The one who was there to greet her?

Sharing the special occasion on Twitter, the NASA engineer and astronaut wrote, "Glad she remembers me after a year!"

This delightful interaction between human and pup was one of many incredible moments that Koch had after returning from nearly a year in space - she broke the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

Koch is a Jacksonville native and went to White Oak High school for a few years.

"To see your favorite animal is a symbol of coming back to the people and places you love", Koch said about the gleeful reunion and her return to Earth in a news conference on Wednesday (Feb. 12).

"Having the opportunity to be up here for so long is truly an honor", Koch said of her history-making accomplishment back in December, according to Space.com.

When not busy performing experiments, Koch explained that she "soaked up the unique atmosphere" of the floating space lab by taking pictures and spending time with her crewmates.

The pup's name is LBD, which stands for "Little Brown Dog".

Christina Koch, an American astronaut from Houston, Texas, came back last week from a record-breaking space mission. We see another aspect of how the human body is affected by microgravity for the long term.

Side-effects include a significant loss of bone density and a drop in muscle mass, Business Insider reported previous year.

After almost a full year in space, astronaut Christina Koch had a very special reunion in store. "She's from the Humane Society and she couldn't be sweeter", Koch told CBS News.

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