NASA Announces Plan to Keep Astronaut in Space for 328 Days

By extending astronaut Christina Koch's space mission to 328 days, NASA hopes to glean new insights into the impact of longterm spaceflight on humans.

Record Setter

NASA astronaut Christina Koch joined the crew aboard the International Space Station in March, and on Wednesday, NASA announced plans to extend her space mission until February 2020.

Not only will the extension make Koch just the second astronaut to spend nearly a year in space and earn her the record for longest space stay by a woman — but the data from her trip could help humanity reach Mars.

ISS Insights

In total, Koch will spend 328 days in space. That’s just shy of Scott Kelly’s record 340-days-long space mission, which yielded incredibly valuable data regarding the impact of longterm Lees verder

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