At 15:14 Eastern time (Pi time on Pi day), Christina Koch launched to the International Space Station and history aboard the Soyuz MS-12 ship from Kazakhstan.
An astronaut, Nick Hagg and astronaut Alexy Ovginin joined her for a relatively short six and a half hours of flight before pulling off the ISS at about 20:45
In the interview last month Koch enrolled her education in the countryside of Jacksonville, North Carolina, as one of the reasons she was interested in space. it was a great place and I think that as one of many reasons, I was interested in things like space and intelligence, "Koch said. "The ocean is obviously a fine thing in North Carolina that we were one of our treasures and, of course, NC and all the capabilities there."
According to her biography of NASA, Koch studied in NC for a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics before obtaining a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering.
Koch is fond of the experiments that she will conduct aboard the ISS.
"For some medical experiments, we really get involved as subjects," she said. So, we look at some of the effects of microgravity on long-term space flyers to inform our study of the future design of the Mars mission, so it's fun and Of course, as a physicist and electrical engineer, I am very excited about the many physical scientific experiments that we will be doing. "
The contribution to NASA and space exploration will help inspire the next generation.
"What about We are worried most of all, that we have a North Carolina astronaut who goes to the International Space Station and is about to be there for it, "said Tim Delilly, field research officer at PARI. "This is a really interesting thing for us here, and we work with many children who come to our site and are always looking for such an inspiring figure that they can stretch their hand and say that I'm going to do one day."
PARI employs the Redstone Rocket Engine, which worked on another woman important for the history of NASA, Catherine Johnson. Her contributions to the Mercury program were highlighted in the film "The Hidden Figures" in 2016.
Delilah hopes that Koch's contributions will help to identify many women who contributed to the history of space science.
I ignore a lot when we look at the curriculum that children learn about space science, as well as the types of inspiration and patterns for the consequence that, many times, the contributions of women in the field remain out of focus, and the like
Koch was elected NASA in 2013 from a list of more than 6,100 applications. She is studying for this mission for ninety years.