Friday, 13 March 2020

The Space big babe!





Christina Hammock Koch is an American engineer and NASA astronaut of the class of 2013. She received Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, North Carolina State University.  She was born on 29 January 1979 (age 41 years), at Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. She is married to Robert Koch.
She participated in Space missions: Expedition 61, Soyuz MS-13, Soyuz MS-12, Expedition 60, Expedition 59.

Christina Koch is back on earth after 328 days, having set a record for the longest single space flight by a woman. Her journey and long stay will help us understand how the human body, especially a woman reacts to prolonged stay in space. After coming home, Christina Koch had to get used to watching just one sunrise and sunset a day instead of the 16 she experienced daily while zipping around the Earth every 90 minutes at 17,500 miles per hour!

Christina Hammock Koch left Earth on March 14 last year and returned on February 6 this year, having spent 328 days on the International Space Station, the longest ever by a woman. She surpassed the 289-day record set by American astronaut Peggy Whitson. Koch was selected by NASA in 2013. She was assigned to her first flight in 2018.


She grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and physics and a Master of Science in electrical engineering. Koch enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, paddling, surfing, running, yoga, community service, photography and travel. Before becoming an astronaut, her career spanned space science instrument development and remote scientific field engineering.

Koch is an electrical engineer and started her career in NASA’s lab for high energy astrophysics, where she contributed to scientific instruments for several of the US space agency’s missions. She has also worked in several remote scientific bases, including in research stations at South Pole, Greenland, Alaska and Samoa. She was selected to train as an astronaut in 2013.

In space she faced various challenges, some routine and regular things we do, and take for granted on Earth. In space, she missed a fork and knife; eating steak or pasta out of the packet with a spoon, and sometimes injecting coconut oil into her coffee just to mix things up. Taking a hot shower with the water running off her finger tips, she had forgotten. For eleven months, she had been using a rehydrated towel containing soap, a no-rinse shampoo, and a towel to dry off with. Despite these challenges, when NASA extended Koch’s mission shortly after she was launched to space on March 14, 2019, she said – it was awesome.

While on ISS, she conducted micro-gravity experiments. She did botany studies to understand the role of gravity on plant biology and grew Mizuna mustard greens. She worked on a set of experiments to study the behavior of fire in space. She also worked on kidney cells, investigating innovative treatments for kidney stones, osteoporosis and toxic chemical exposure. But the biggest science experiment was perhaps herself. With NASA planning to take another go at lunar landing and deep-space exploration missions to Mars, it becomes crucial to understand how the human body reacts to a prolonged stay in space.

Koch and her other colleagues who have stayed in ISS for extended periods, will help broaden NASA’s understanding of the effect gravitation fields, space radiation, and distance from Earth on humans. Their stay will also help answer questions about the effects of isolation and consuming a diet high in freeze-dried food. Koch will particularly provide an understanding of whether the effects on women are any different from those on men.

Once on Earth, she had to relearn how to walk. ‘On Earth, we rely on our eyes and inner ear to maintain stability. In orbit, without gravity pulling down, the mind quickly stops listening to the inner ear. The eyes take over. They rely on visual solely on visual cues’ she told NASA. Koch was the part of the first all-woman spacewalk in October last year.










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