Dog absolutely loses it when her astronaut owner returns from space

WATCH Astronaut welcomed home by excited pooch after a year in space

Being in space for long periods of time can affect the human body in many different ways. Extended missions to the planned lunar orbiting space station, Gateway, will see both male and female astronauts in space for longer periods of time, and comprehensive studies of both men and women in microgravity situations will be critical for future exploration. "And yes, she was very excited, I was very excited, I'm not sure who was more excited!".

Koch's almost 11-months in orbit set the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman.

Just before her return to Earth, Koch told reporters: "Oh, how I miss the wind on my face, the feeling of raindrops, sand on my feet and the sound of the surf crashing on the Galveston beach".

"Milestones provide motivation for people, so I think it's a good thing to recognize", Koch said.

"Of course, anyone in our office would be honored to be part of that mission", she added. In 2016, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after 340 days on the ISS. "I am just excited that I'll know the first woman and the next man to walk on the moon". Koch's contributions to science could be even more far-reaching.

An electrical engineer who also has a degree in physics, she said she was "lucky" to have adapted to life back on earth without any issues. And on Thursday, she took to Twitter to share a video of the joyous moment that she was reunited with her dog, LBD, who had clearly been eagerly awaiting her arrival.

During a NASA press call Wednesday, Koch recalled what it was like to see Earth from space.



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