Astronaut reunites with dog after 328 days in space ABC News

U.S. astronaut Christina Koch gives a thumbs up shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-13 space capsule about 150 kilometrs southeast of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan Kazakhstan

The sweet moment with her pet delighted everyone online and moved many to tears.

Koch says she hopes her record will be broken again soon, because it means women keep pushing boundaries.

The American astronaut spent 328 days on the International Space Station and arrived back on terra firma on February 6, landing in Kazakhstan.

Koch had been in space for 328 days before coming back to Earth, and the reunion between her and her dog is the most wholesome thing we've seen today.


Koch tweeted the video late Thursday, and it starts with the dog pawing at the door and whipping its tail when it sees her through a window. But it's not until Koch's husband opens the door that the reality of her mom's return seems to truly set in for LBD and she reaches a body-flailing, face-licking, happy-barking level of excitement.

She return to earth on January 6, 2020, having blasted off on 12 March previous year. Koch posted to social media, along with a video of her dog, LBD, going wild as the astronaut returned home to Galveston. Meanwhile, Koch, who launched to the International Space Station on March 14, 2019, now holds the record for the longest single continuous stay in space for a woman.

"Australia. Our hearts and thoughts are with you", Koch wrote on Twitter at the time.

Koch, who left Earth in March previous year, took part in the first all-female spacewalk in October with colleague Jessica Meir. This makes her unprecedented mission the second-longest spaceflight in NASA history. Koch adopted her from a humane society.

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