Astronaut Christina Koch posts heartwarming video of reunion with dog

Katie Ramirez
February 15, 2020

The 41-year-old space explorer shared a video of the moment she was reunited with her dog after her 328-day stay at the International Space Station.

"Not sure who was more excited", Koch posted with the video.

Sharing the special occasion on Twitter, the NASA engineer and astronaut wrote, "Glad she remembers me after a year!" During her time on the ISS, Koch participated in a number of experiments, and even took the time to answer a few questions from Earth.

Ms Koch returned to her home in Galveston, Texas, three days after landing in Kazakhstan.

"After 328 days in space, the first six days back on Earth were full of just as much wonder and excitement", she said to CNN.

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Koch, who left Earth in March a year ago, took part in the first all-female spacewalk in October with colleague Jessica Meir.

In the adorable video, her dog LBD, which stands for Little Brown Dog, is seen eagerly waiting for her.

The astronaut's capsule landed in Kazakhstan on February 6 after her historic trip to the International Space Station, ending a 328-day mission that set the record for the longest stay in space by a woman.

As NASA gears up for the next generation of lunar missions and eventual Mars missions, studying how microgravity affects the body will be crucial as longer spaceflights could become the norm. The lack of gravity on the International Space Station can also cause astronauts' hearts to change shape.

After being in space for almost a year, it was an emotional reunion between astronaut Christina Koch and her best friend.

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