tech2 News Staff 29. April 2019 09:59:27 IST
Christina Koch is expected by a woman to set a record for the longest NASA space mission when completing her eleven-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS). She will break the record of astronaut Peggy Whitson (288 days). It is planned that will remain in orbit until February 2020 .
"It's an honor to follow in Peggy's footsteps," Koch quoted NASA. She arrived aboard the space station on March 1
Men and women react differently in space. Koch's 11-month period aims to help researchers investigate the impact […] of long-term flying on a woman. Koch's planned stay is about to be taken on the longest single space flight of a NASA astronaut, Scott Kelly, who had been on board for 340 days during his one-year mission in 2015-16.
All the data NASA currently has for men are astronauts for men only, since they spent most of their time in space. This study is indispensable as Koch's mission prepares for NASA's human mission to the Moon or Mars.
"Christina's expanded mission will provide additional data for NASA's Human Research Program and support future missions to the Moon and Mars," he told Jennifer Fogarty, chief scientist of the Human Research Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA. 19659004] This news comes at a time when a spacewalk for women  had to be canceled on March 29. because not enough space suits were available. Both astronauts were of medium size, but only one suit was available. After serious counter-reactions, NASA issued a statement saying that they had more than one suit on board, they simply did not have enough time to resize to fit them before the walk.
We've seen your tweets about the availability of space suits for Friday's spacewalk. For clarity, we have more than one medium-sized spacesuit torso on board, but to stay on schedule with upgrades from @Space_Station it's safer and faster to change spacewalker assignments than to reconfigure space suits , pic.twitter.com/tPisBHaF2p
– NASA (@NASA) March 26, 2019
NASA last month accepted a challenge from the Donald Trump administration, People on the Moon back in 2024, four years before the former US Space Agency target.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, "This time, when we go to the moon, we will stay. And then we will use what we learn on the moon to make the next big leap – sending astronauts to Mars. "
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