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Space to Ground: Record Breaking: 02/07/2020

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WELCOME TO SPACE TO GROUND, I AM KAYLA LAFRANCE ON TOP OF THE NORMAL HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF SCIENCE RESEARCH AND LIFE ONBOARD THE SPACE STATION, THE CREW PREPARED FOR A SPECIAL HOMECOMING

RUSSIAN COSMONAUT ALEXANDER SKVORTSOV, ALONG WITH LUCA PARMITANO OF THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY, AND NASA ASTRONAUT CHRISTINA KOCH, RETURNED HOME ON THURSDAY AFTER COMPLETING THEIR EXPEDITION 61 MISSION BEFORE THEIR STAY ONBOARD ENDED, PARMITANO HANDED OVER COMMAND OF THE STATION TO CREWMATE OLEG SKRIPOCHKA OF ROSCOSMOS THEN THE TWO CREWS SAID THEIR FAREWELLS, THE HATCH WAS CLOSED TO THE SOYUZ MS-13 SPACECRAFT AND THE RETURNING CREW UNDOCKED FROM THE STATION’S POISK MODULE AFTER THE NEARLY 4-HOUR JOURNEY, THE CREW LANDED SAFELY IN KAZAKHSTAN, AND WAS GREETED BY A RECOVERY TEAM WHO TRANSPORTED THEM TO KARAGANDA BEFORE THEY PARTED WAYS TO HEAD OFF TO THEIR HOME NATIONS

PARMITANO AND SKVORTSOV, SPENT 201 DAYS IN SPACE, HAVING LAUNCHED WITH NASA’S ANDREW MORGAN LAST JULY MORGAN WILL REMAIN ON THE STATION WITH THE REST OF HIS EXPEDITION 62 CREWMATE’S UNTIL THEIR RETURN TO EARTH IN APRIL KOCH SET THE RECORD FOR THE LONGEST SPACEFLIGHT MISSION BY A FEMALE ASTRONAUT AFTER COMPLETING HER 328 DAY LONG STAY ONBOARD THE SPACE STATION, SURPASSING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 288 DAYS HELD BY NASA ASTRONAUT PEGGY WHITSON NOT ONLY DID CHRISTINA SET A NEW DURATION RECORD, SHE ALSO PARTICIPATED IN THE FIRST ALL WOMEN EVA WITH HER FRIEND AND CREWMATE, JESSICA MEIR BACK IN OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR THE TWO OF THEM WOULD GO ON TO PREFORM TWO MORE EVAS TOGETHER

THIS WEEK, KOCH REFLECTED ON HER MULTI-RECORD BREAKING MISSION "WELL FOR ME, IT'S JUST ALL ABOUT THE HONOR THAT I FEEL TO FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MY HEROES, AND HOPEFULLY I CAN MAKE IT ABOUT PAYING HOMAGE TO THEM THEY'RE THE ONES THAT PAVED THE WAY FOR US TO ALL BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY AND ALSO I LOOK AT IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO HOPEFULLY INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF FUTURE EXPLORERS I KNOW FOR ME IT WAS IMPORTANT TO SEE PEOPLE THAT I SAW A REFLECTION OF MYSELF IN GROWING UP WHEN I WAS ENVISIONING, YOU KNOW, WHAT I COULD DO WITH MY LIFE AND WHAT MY DREAMS MIGHT BE

SO, THE IDEA TO MAYBE BE THAT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR SOMEONE ELSE IS JUST SUCH AN HONOUR, AND I HOPE TO CARRY THAT FORWARD EVEN WHEN I'M BACK ON EARTH" KOCH’S TIME IN SPACE ALSO WILL PROVIDE RESEARCHERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO OBSERVE EFFECTS OF LONG-DURATION SPACEFLIGHT ON A WOMAN, AS THE AGENCY PLANS TO RETURN TO THE MOON UNDER THE ARTEMIS PROGRAM AND PREPARE FOR HUMAN EXPLORATION AT MARS DURING THIS RECORD-SETTING MISSION, KOCH SPENT MANY OF HER HOURS ON SCIENCE ACTIVITIES ABOARD THE SPACE STATION AND WORE MANY HATS: FARMER, BIOLOGIST, PHYSICIST, ENGINEER, TEST SUBJECT AND MANY MORE KEEP SENDING IN YOUR QUESTIONS USING THE HASHTAG #ASKNASA WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK

Source: Youtube

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