Astronaut Christina Koch: Fun to interact with people again.

U.S. astronaut Christina Koch, back on Earth after a record 328-day mission on the International Space Station, opened up about what it’s like to be back home again, calling it ‘really exciting’

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“I feel great”: Astronaut Christina Koch on record stay in space

She also has experienced a bit of soreness in muscles that she didn’t use as much in weightlessness, including a sore neck for about a day that made her feel “like a 2-week-old, actually working hard to hold up my own head.” But overall, she added, “it’s been a pretty easy transition.”

In an interview with “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell, Koch was humble about her place in the record books.

“Sometimes I joke that having the longest record for time spent up there is really just about not defying the law of physics because I didn’t necessarily have a ride home I could have hopped on,” Koch said.

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Christina Koch having no problems

Along with the physical sensations of living once again on the surface of a planet, pulled down by the unfamiliar tug of gravity, Koch said she marveled at the ‘sensory experiences that define Earth and the things that are here.’

‘Within the first two minutes of being back on Earth, I saw more people’s faces that I had seen in a year,’ she said. ‘So that was really exciting, it’s just fun to interact with people again.’

And then there were the chips and salsa. Before leaving the space station, Koch mentioned in an interview that she was particularly looking forward to the crunchy, more spicy snack after a previous crewmate, who ordered a modest supply of salsa, departed.

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Astronaut Christina Koch lands back on Earth after a record long 328 days in space.

NASA astronaut Christina Koch made the most of her first trip to the International Space Station by breaking the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman and conducting the first all-female spacewalk with fellow NASA astronaut Jessica Meir.

‘We caught each other’s eye and we knew that we were really honored with this opportunity to inspire so many, and just hearing our voices talk to Mission Control, knowing two female voices had never been on the loops, solving those problems together outside ‘ it was a really special feeling,’ Koch said of that first spacewalk, on October 18.

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Date: 2020-02-06T13:49:02-05:00
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NASA Astronaut Christina H. Koch

Christina Hammock Koch was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2013.  She completed astronaut candidate training in July 2015.  Koch graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Physics and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.  She is currently working onboard the International Space Station on her first spaceflight as part of Expedition 59, 60 and upcoming Expedition 61 scheduled for October. Koch is slated to set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman with an expected total of 328 days in space.

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