Christina Koch set the mark for the longest single space flight by a woman when she logged in her 289th day in space Saturday.
Photo: (NASA TV)
Photo: (NASA TV)

Longest spaceflight by a woman ends as spacecraft lands safely

>>Astronaut Christina Koch sets mark for longest single space flight by a woman

Koch spent 329 days in space, beating the previous record of 288 days by Peggy Whitson. 

During that time, she orbited the Earth 5,248 times and conducted six spacewalks, spending around 45 minutes outside the International Space Station. 

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After so long spent in orbit, Koch said in a blog post on the NASA site that there were several things she would need to readjust to, like sleeping in a bed rather than a floating bag, doing laundry, choosing food and taking a real shower. 

NASA also said that the prolonged mission would help scientists study the effects of long stretches spent in space.

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