The crew of the International space platform conducted a spread of scientific investigations the week of Dec. 30, including research ablaze in contained spaces and monitoring equipment with robots. On Dec. 28, NASA astronaut Christina Koch set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a lady , a 288-day flight that included conducting the primary all-woman spacewalk with crewmate Jessica Meir. the present schedule has Koch returning to Earth on Feb. 6.
Now in its 20th year of continuous human presence, the space platform provides a platform for long-duration research in microgravity and for learning to measure and add space. Experience gained on the orbiting lab supports Artemis, NASA’s program to travel forward to the Moon and on to Mars.
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