You think six months is long enough for an astronaut to stay in outer space?
The US space agency has just confirmed last Wednesday, April 17, that another female astronaut is due to set a new record for the longest spaceflight by a woman.
“One month. Ten to go,” wrote Koch on Twitter following the news. “Today has become reality: My mission is planned to be extended through a third expedition on board @Space_Station! Privileged to contribute my best every single day of it.”
Part of Koch’s mission is to help National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) study the effects of long spaceflights on the human body.
This is not the first time NASA have studied astronauts and the effects of longer stay outside the planet Earth.
In fact, Astronaut Scott Kelly and his twin brother Mark Kelly have contributed a lot to this study. Scott is the current record holder to have the longest spaceflight with a total of 340 days in 2016 while his brother stayed on Earth.
The results were released after several years of processing and it was described by Christopher Mason, an associate professor at Weill Cornell Medicine as “one of the best examples of human plasticity and adaptability that we’ve ever seen.”Sources: Reuters, The Verge