He had already entered history. In October 2019 he made the first 100% female spacewalk. Now set another record. The longest female space flight in history. After 328 days, NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth this February 6.
She was accompanied on the return by the commander of the Soyuz ship Alexander Skvortsov (Russian space agency Roscosmos) and Luca Parmitano (European Space Agency). Koch landed at 09.12 UTC southeast of the remote city of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. It came from the International Space Station.
Preparing new trips
What will provide the longest female space flight to researchers? They will observe the effects of long-term spaceflight on a woman. Meanwhile, the agency plans to return humans to the Moon under the Artemis program. And they are already preparing for the human exploration of Mars, NASA stressed in a statement.
Koch left Earth on March 14, 2019. He dated fellow NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. She had the second longest space flight performed by an American astronaut.
The idea was to support NASA's goals for future human landings on the Moon. Koch completed 5,248 Earth orbits and a journey of 210 million kilometers. Approximately the equivalent of 291 trips to the Moon and back. He took six spacewalks for 11 months in orbit, including the first three spacewalks for women. He spent 42 hours and 15 minutes outside the station. He witnessed the arrival of a dozen visiting spaceships and the departure of another dozen.
For Parmitano and Skvortsov, this landing completed a stay of 201 days in space. They left Earth last July with Andrew Morgan of NASA. Morgan also participates in a long-term mission in the orbiting laboratory and will return to Earth on April 17.
Experiencing in space
Completing his second mission, Parmitano has now registered 367 days in space. More than any ESA astronaut in history.
Skvortsov completed his third mission and a total of 546 days in space. It is placed in 15th place in the list of resistance of all-time spaceflight.
Expedition 61 team contributed to hundreds of experiments in multiple branches. Biology, Earth sciences, human research, physical sciences and technology development. Including the search for evidence of dark matter. And test of 3D biological printers to print tissues similar to organs in microgravity.
Another milestone in the history of female space research. The entire universe is the limit.