Christina Koch Returns to Earth After Breaking Spaceflight Record

Koch’s work as a role model for more inclusive missions predates her time in space. She pursued degrees in electrical engineering at North Carolina State University before completing the NASA Academy program at Goddard Space Flight Center in 2001 where she became an expert on space science instrument development, reports Esther Addley at . NASA—after decades of who impacted its space programs—has worked to female representation. In Koch’s 2013 graduating class alone, there was a 50/50 gender split.

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