Christina Koch

Holly Ulku, Staff Writer

Christina Koch was born January 29, 1979 and is a NASA astronaut class of 2013. Christina has spent 11-months on the international space station and left on March 14, 2019 and returned February 6, 2020. On October 18, 2019 she and Jessica Meir took part in the first all woman space walk and on December 28, 2019.  Christina broke the record for the longest continuous time a woman spent in space, overall she spent 328 days in space.

After a few days being back on earth Christina said “I felt like a two-week-old who was actually working hard to hold up my own head,” on her first days back on earth. She also said “I feel great, I’m really fortunate, a lot of people when you’re re-adapting to one G (gravity) on Earth, you might experience some motion sickness and things like that. I’m really fortunate in that I have not experienced that. What I have noticed is that my balance has taken a little while to get used to¨ to reporters at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. She also mentioned that she has had no major problem re-adapting to earth besides a few neck pains and balancing problems. 

Christina had a very big welcome home. “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.”. Before leaving the space station,Christina 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. “I was really lucky because I had a couple people provide gifts, so I came home to a kitchen full of chips and salsa, which was really exciting, even some homemade salsa from some of my neighbors. So it was really neat to see that people had kind of honed in on that. The little things in life on Earth that we all take for granted are kind of the special things that I got to come home to.” Christina mentioned in an interview. 

Christina also couldn’t wait to see her rescue puppy, LBD, which stands for Little Brown Dog. She made a point of taking her dog to the beach with her husband, three days after she landed in Kazakhstan, according to Sky News. Just before her return to earth, Christina told reporters “Oh, how I miss the wind on my face, the feeling of raindrops, sand on my feet and the sound of the surf crashing on the Galveston beach.¨.

Christina Koch’s message to young people who aspire to be astronauts is to “follow your passions, live the life you’ve imagined and do what scares you.”

 

Sources

~https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/02/12/christina-koch-having-no-problems-re-adapting-to-earth-after-record-space-flight/

~https://www.businessinsider.com/astronaut-christina-koch-felt-baby-after-11-month-space-trip-2020-2

~https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/12/world/christina-koch-back-on-earth-scn/index.html

~https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina_Koch