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NASA astronauts spent 11 months in space and set up a female record.



Christina Koch, an expedition member of the International Space Station (ISS), talks about wearing safety glasses with her relatives before launching the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft at Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russia, in March. 14, 2019.

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NASA's astronauts will set records for women for nearly a year at the International Space Station.

Astronaut Christina Koch will remain on board for about 11 months until February. It approaches but scarcely breaks Scott Kelly's 340-day US record. She knew the flight would continue until 2020 before launching last month. She says it's awesome.

Another NASA astronaut will stay for a long time. Andrew Morgan will launch the space station for the nine-month summer mission this summer and is usually considerably longer than six months.

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NASA announced an extended assignment this week.

Koch recorded 288 days at the end of December, when a woman had the longest single space flight. Retired astronaut Peggy Whitson is the current record holder.


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