When the city of Raleigh wants to celebrate someone, the mayor declares a special day in her honor.
Usually, the person appears personally to read their proclamation at a city council meeting.
That would not work for Christina Koch on Wednesday afternoon. The NASA flight engineer was more than 160 kilometers away and was floating in space.
Nancy McFarlane, Mayor of Raleigh, proclaimed November 6th as "Astronaut Christina Koch Day" and gave a video of Koch from the International Space Station, where she has lived since March. Koch paced up and down and thanked McFarlane, the city council and the city for the honor.
"Thank you all for the recognition that I hope will inspire students around the world, Raleigh, and beyond," Koch said. [NC] Graduate of NC State University, Koch, shared her experiences in Raleigh, North Carolina, and how they shaped her life and career.
In addition to her research, she wrote history as part of the world's first female team, which floated out of the space station to repair a broken part of the power grid.
And she will be the first astronaut to write history that remains in orbit for more than 300 days.
"She's the first graduate of North Carolina State University to hit space, an amazing role model for all children who dream of adventure. We congratulate her on her achievements and are proud to have her as an ambassador for our city. Said the Annunciation.
Laura Bottomley, Director of The Engineering Place and Women in Engineering at NC State, said it was wonderful for the city to recognize Koch.
"I think that role models like Christina, the exciting Doing adventurous and truly STEM-focused activities, capturing the human mind and encouraging young people to reach (literal) heights, "Bottomley said.
" Since Christina is a woman, a whole group of children can live in Raleigh Now, as engineers and scientists, "she continued," Even as they set off to follow in Christina's footsteps, but do not become astronauts, they will discover the wonder and power in the many STEM fields pave the way for their own differences in the world. "