CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (WWAY / WCTI) ̵
Christina Koch, the Jacksonville native and NC state graduate currently working at the International Space Station, said she saw the NC coast from the first time on Monday.
It took my breath away as it came into focus. My first glimpse of coastal North Carolina from space. It is a special thing to see from above the place where you grew up –the ocean that first inspired my fascination with things that make me feel small and planted the seed to explore. pic.twitter.com/OZoqiOVtRR
– Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) April 22, 2019
On her Twitter account she wrote "It took my breath away when it came into Focus. My first glimpse of coastal North Carolina from space. It is a special thing to see from above the place where you grew up – the ocean that first inspired my fascination with things that make me feel small & planted the seed to explore. ”
One month down. Ten to go. Today the possibility has become reality: My mission is planned to be extended through a third Expedition onboard @Space_Station ! Privileged to contribute my best every single day of it. pic.twitter.com/b9RhhNHZzt
– Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) April 17, 2019
Koch is part of a group of Americans at the ISS. Koch will be there for 11 months, becoming the first woman to be in space long and just coming up short of the overall American record by Scott Kelly (340 days).
Koch blasted off with Nick Hague and Russia's Alexei Ovchinin on March 14.