Grand Rapids-born Astronaut Back on Earth!

Christina Hammock Koch, a NASA astronaut, landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan this morning after serving 328 days aboard the International Space Station. Koch now holds the record for longest single spaceflight in history by a woman. She returned with two of her colleagues, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of  the European Space Agency.

Koch was born in Grand Rapids and raised in North Carolina where she  earned  BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics, and a MS in Electrical Engineering from NC State.  Koch gained popularity by sharing her beautiful photos of the Earth.

You might have heard a whoosh of noise this morning – undoubtedly made by hundreds of Tina’s relatives on “the Ridge” in Comstock Park breathing a sigh of relief that she has arrived home safely.

For more on astronomical news, check out the Astronomy Subject Guide.

Tina Koch lands on Earth



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