New female space flight record courtesy of Christina Koch

New female space flight record courtesy of Christina Koch

This electrical engineer born in 1979 and selected by NASA as an astronaut in 2013 has broken a record for female spaceflight, becoming the woman who has spent the most time in space, after exceeding 290 days in orbit .

Her name is Christina Koch. Most ISS missions only last around six months. In October, Koch broke another record by taking the first female-only spacewalk outside the Station alongside astronaut Jessica Meir.


The International Space Station (ISS) revolves around the Earth at about 28,000 kilometers per hour, at a distance of 400 kilometers from the surface, with which it completes 16 orbits a day.

Koch arrived at the ISS on March 15 and just broke the previous record of 288 days set by retired NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson .

And what about the men’s record? By the time he returns to Earth in February, his time in space will be 328 days, just 12 days off retired astronaut Scott Kelly’s American spaceflight record.

The total record for an astronaut’s stay in space was set in 1995 by the Russian Valery Polyakov with 438 days.