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.
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.