Something very exiting happened on the 6th of February, it doesn't have anything to do with mental health, but it is about a strong inspirational woman who has set two new space records!
Christina Hammock Koch is an American engineer and NASA astronaut of the class of 2013. She received Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. She also did advance study while working for the Goddard Space Flight Center Just before becoming an astronaut, she served with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as Station Chief for American Samoa.
On the Thursday, Feb. 6 after 328 days in Space Christina set the record for longest single continuous stay in space for a woman!
"I am so overwhelmed and happy right now," said Koch.
Koch's extended mission is being used to study the physical, biological, and mental effects of long-term space travel on women. The previous record for a single spaceflight by a woman of 289 days, set by NASA veteran Peggy Whitson in 2016-17. Koch called three-time flyer Whitson, now 60, "a heroine of mine" and a "mentor" in the space programme after she surpassed the record.
As well as holding that record she also completed the first all-female spacewalk alone side Jessica Meir in history, the spacewalk these two inspirational women undertook lasted for seven hours and 17 minutes, and was then followed up with two more female team walks in January 2020.
Talking about her time on the International Space Station Christina described antigravity, "It's really fun to be in a place where you can just bounce around between the ceiling and the floor whenever you want,"
Koch's return comes after an advert for a skincare brand ran during an intermission in the American football Super Bowl with a call to "make space for women".
The advert featured NASA astronaut Nicole Stott and saw the company promise to donate up to US $500,000 to the non-profit Women Who Code, which works with young women seeking careers in tech and scientific fields.
We think that young women today need more strong female role models, and who knows maybe in ten years one of our young people will have just broken a space record!
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