NASA astronaut Christina Koch will extend her mission on the International Space Station (ISS) to 328 days, setting a record for a woman's longest single space flight, the US Space Agency said.
NASA and its ISS partners have set a new timetable and crewing duties that will include the maiden flight of NASA astronaut Jessica Meir and a longer stay for NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan.
Koch, who arrived at the Space Station on March 14 and is scheduled to remain in orbit until February 2020, will outwit the record of 288 days set by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2016/17.
She NASA will participate in three expeditions during its first space flight (59, 60 and 61
"Christina's expanded mission will provide additional data for NASA's Human Research Program and will continue to support future missions on the Moon and Mars," said Jennifer Fogarty, chief scientist of the Human Research Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA.
Your mission is set to be just short of a NASA astronaut's longest single space flight – 340 days set by former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly during his one-year mission in 2015-16.
Cook and his NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin remain aboard the space station and begin Expedition 60.
On July 20, Morg Luca Parmitano, astronaut of the European Space Agency, and Roscosmos Cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov is expected to launch to the space station and join Expedition 60 to bring Orbita Labor's crew to 6 More data on the effects of long-duration manned space travel beyond the normal six-month station expedition, NASA said.
Such research, according to US space, is essential to support future missions to explore the Moon and Mars on the Moon and Mars.
NASA has accumulated vast amounts of data on the health and performance of astronauts over the last 50 years and has recently focused on longer terms of up to a year with the dedicated mission of Scott Kelly and Peggy Whitson's expanded mission.
These possibilities have also shown that the human response to space flight has a considerable degree of variability and it is important to determine this the acceptable level of change for both men and women.
"Astronauts show amazing resilience and adaptability in response to long-range spaceflight," said Fogarty.
"This enables successful exploration missions with healthy, high-performance astronauts, and NASA wants to continue building on what we have learned in space with more astronauts in space for more than 250 days," she said.
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