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Astronaut to eclipse record for longest US spaceflight by a woman

NASA astronaut Christina Koch is going to have her mission on the International Space Station (ISS) extended to 328 days. This would set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.  The US space agency and its ISS partners have set a new schedule and new crew assignments. Koch arrived at the space station on March 14 and now is scheduled to remain in orbit until February 2020.

She will eclipse the record of 288 days set by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2016-17. She will be part of three expeditions — 59, 60 and 61 — during her current first spaceflight. Her extended mission will provide additional data for NASA’s Human Research Program and continue to support future missions to the Moon and Mars.

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