Michigan Native To Set New Record For Space & Women

Mindy Sparks
April 20, 2019

NASA said the robot does not need to be constantly monitored by the astronauts onboard the ISS.

Six astronauts aboard the ISS complete between 15 to 16 orbits of the earth each day.

"It feels awesome", said Koch in a video released by NASA.

The current team aboard the ISS is made up of three Americans - Koch, Anne McClain and Nick Hague - two Russians - Oleg Kononenko and Alexey Ovchinin - and a Canadian, David Saint-Jacques.

Koch, who arrived at the space station on March 14, and now is scheduled to remain in orbit until February 2020, will eclipse the record of 288 days set by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2016-17. Astronaut Andrew Morgan will see his stay aboard the ISS extended. It is also very close to the overall record, now held by NASA's Scott Kelly, who spent 340 days in space from March 2016 to March 2017. Cygnus holds all of the material for ISS and is expected to connect with the space station sometime Friday.

The objective of prolonged stays is to gather important data about the effects of working in space, such as the influence of microgravity, radiation, confinement, and excess carbon dioxide on human health.

NASA says that extending the missions of Koch and Morgan will help the scientists to gather more data about the effects of long-duration spaceflight on humans beyond the standard 6-month station expedition. Koch will come close to Scott Kelly's "Year in Space" which was 340 days.

These opportunities also have demonstrated that there is a significant degree of variability in human response to spaceflight and it is important to determine the acceptable degree of change for both men and women. Insights from these missions will inform our strategies for reaching Mars and beyond.

"Astronauts demonstrate incredible resilience and adaptability in response to long duration spaceflight exposure", said Fogarty. This was the 11th cargo mission carrying supplies headed for the astronauts manning the International Space Station, and a new development enabled the 24-hour late load of critical freight. The new schedule will also allow NASA to dedicate more time to the research aboard the station.

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