Jacksonville’s Christina Koch posts photo of N.C. from International Space Station

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A Jacksonville, N.C. native currently working on the International Space Station posted a new photo on Earth Day of her home state as seen from space.

Christina Koch, who completed NASA astronaut candidate training in July 2015, is currently a part of the Expedition 59 and 60 crew that launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in March 2019.

On March 29, a female astronaut was supposed to join Koch for what would have been the first all-female spacewalking team, but both women on board needed a medium spacesuit and only one medium suit was available, so a male astronaut joined her instead.

Koch will stay on the ISS until February 2020, which will allow her to break the female record of 288 days in space, currently held by Peggy Whitson, but not quite enough to break the U.S. record of 340 days set by Scott Kelly.

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