NASA astronaut known as Christina Koch returns to Earth after spending eleven month months in the orbit.
According to NASA, this is the longest spaceflight by a woman, landed safely in Kazakhstan on Thursday along with two of her International Space Station crewmates.
The Soyuz capsule carrying Koch, along with European space agent Luca Parmitano who is the station commander and the Russian space agency Roscosmos’ Alexander Skvortsov, landed at southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, at 3:12p.m.
Koch wrapped up a 328-day mission on her first flight into space, providing researchers the opportunity to observe the effects of long-duration spaceflight on a woman. The study is important since NASA plans to return to the moon under the Artemis program and prepare for the human exploration of Mars.
Koch alongside her crewmates said they are in good shape after a long journey to the orbit for almost a yer.
Koch, told The Associated Press last month that taking part in the first all-female spacewalk was the highlight of her mission.
Koch said she and fellow NASA astronaut Jessica Meir appreciated that the Oct. 18 spacewalk “could serve as an inspiration for future space explorers.”
Parmitano and Skvortsov spent 201 days in space.
After preliminary medical evaluations, the crew will be flown by Russian helicopters to the city of Karaganda in Kazakhstan. Koch and Parmitano will then board a NASA plane bound for Cologne, Germany, where Parmitano will be greeted by European space officials before Koch proceeds home to Houston.
Skvortsov will be flown to the Star City Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow.