A graduate from North Carolina State University takes Thursday to the International Space Station, where she is expected to make history.
Christina Koch is an astronaut and crew member of Expedition 59, according to NASA. She is expected to be in the "first time spacewalk with all female spacewalkers" later this month, NASA said.
Koch's alma mater celebrates his first flight to space by 3:14 p.m.
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"She will take some ornaments for two state institutions where she received the bulk of her education before entering the space program, North Carolina School of Science and Math and NC State, "says the university.
Among these is a "custom printed circuit.
Koch, who was raised in Jacksonville, will be flight engineer during the six-month mission, according to ABC11, The News & Observer's media partner.
" Just Growing up in eastern NC was a beautiful place and I count it as one of the many reasons I became interested in things like space and exploration. ", she said according to the station.  In 2013, NASA says it chose Koch and seven ot her people should be in their astronaut class.
Koch said she hopes to inspire people to go after their desires and "could not feel more ready" for the launch, according to the NC state.
19659012] The International Space Station is a laboratory who orbits the earth, according to NASA, Koch will also serve on Expedition 60, the agency said.