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NBC News 6 Feb 2020

Female Astronaut Christina Koch Wants To Inspire Next Generation Of Explorers

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NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth and set a new spaceflight record after spending nearly 11 months in orbit, marking the longest spaceflight by a woman. NBC News' Lawrence Jackson spoke with Koch from the International Space Station just before her journey home.


NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth on Thursday, Feb. 6 after logging 328 days in space - the longest spaceflight in history by a woman.

Hear from the inspirational astronaut in a post flight news conference at 3:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 12 from our Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Thanks to Astronaut Christina Koch, we know what it looks like when your dog welcomes you home after a year in space. Aired on 02/13/20.
NASA astronaut Christina Koch, who has spent nearly 11 months in orbit on the longest spaceflight by a woman, landed safely in Kazakhstan.
NASA astronaut Christina Koch, who has spent nearly 11 months in orbit on the longest spaceflight by a woman, landed safely in Kazakhstan on Thursday along with two of her International Space Station crewmates.
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FEMALE SPACEFLIGHT EVER. SHE ALSO LED THE FIRST ALL
SHE ALSO LED THE FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACE WALK.
FEMALE SPACE WALK. WE CAUGHT UP WITH HER JUST
WE CAUGHT UP WITH HER JUST BEFORE HER JOURNEY HOME.
BEFORE HER JOURNEY HOME. >> NBC, THIS IS MISSION CONTROL
>> NBC, THIS IS MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON.
HOUSTON. PLEASE CALL STATION.
PLEASE CALL STATION. >> STATION, THIS IS NBC, HOW DO
>> STATION, THIS IS NBC, HOW DO YOU HEAR ME?
YOU HEAR ME? >> NBC, THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE
>> NBC, THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION HAS YOU LOUD AND CLEAR.
STATION HAS YOU LOUD AND CLEAR. WELCOME ON LORD.
WELCOME ON LORD. >> THIS IS AWESOME.
>> THIS IS AWESOME. >> YOU TOOK PART IN THE FIRST
>> YOU TOOK PART IN THE FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACE WALK, NOW YOU
ALL FEMALE SPACE WALK, NOW YOU HOLD THE RECORD FOR THE LONGEST
HOLD THE RECORD FOR THE LONGEST SINGLE SPACEFLIGHT BY A WOMAN.
SINGLE SPACEFLIGHT BY A WOMAN. WHEN YOU COME BACK TO EARTH YOU
WHEN YOU COME BACK TO EARTH YOU WILL HAVE SPENT 328 DAYS IN
WILL HAVE SPENT 328 DAYS IN SPACE, WHICH IS AMAZING.
SPACE, WHICH IS AMAZING. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING A
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING A TRAIL BLAZER IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
TRAIL BLAZER IN YOUR INDUSTRY? >> FOR ME IT’S ALL ABOUT THE
>> FOR ME IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HONOR THAT I FEEL TO FOLLOW IN
HONOR THAT I FEEL TO FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MY HEROES AND
THE FOOTSTEPS OF MY HEROES AND HOPEFULLY I CAN MAKE IT ABOUT
HOPEFULLY I CAN MAKE IT ABOUT PAYING HOMAGE TO THEM, THEY ARE
PAYING HOMAGE TO THEM, THEY ARE THE ONES THAT PAVE THE WAY FOR
THE ONES THAT PAVE THE WAY FOR US TO ALL BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY
US TO ALL BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY AND ALSO I LOOK AT IT AS AN
AND ALSO I LOOK AT IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO HOPEFULLY INSPIRE
OPPORTUNITY TO HOPEFULLY INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF FUTURE
THE NEXT GENERATION OF FUTURE EXPLORERS.
EXPLORERS. I KNOW FOR ME IT WAS IMPORTANT
I KNOW FOR ME IT WAS IMPORTANT TO SEE PEOPLE THAT I SAW A
TO SEE PEOPLE THAT I SAW A REFLECTION OF MYSELF IN GROWING
REFLECTION OF MYSELF IN GROWING UP WHEN I WAS ENVISIONING WHAT I
UP WHEN I WAS ENVISIONING WHAT I COULD DO WITH MY LIFE AND WHAT
COULD DO WITH MY LIFE AND WHAT MY DREAMS COULD BE.
MY DREAMS COULD BE. THE IDEA TO BE THAT SOURCE OF
THE IDEA TO BE THAT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR SOMEONE ELSE IS
INSPIRATION FOR SOMEONE ELSE IS SUCH AN HONOR AND I HOPE TO
SUCH AN HONOR AND I HOPE TO CARRY THAT FORWARD EVEN WHEN I’M
CARRY THAT FORWARD EVEN WHEN I’M BACK ON EARTH.
BACK ON EARTH. >> NOT ONLY DID YOU BREAK
>> NOT ONLY DID YOU BREAK RECORDS IN SPACE BUT YOU ALSO
RECORDS IN SPACE BUT YOU ALSO DID MULTIPLE RESEARCH TOURS.
DID MULTIPLE RESEARCH TOURS. ANY GOALS, IN I IDEAS FOR WHAT
ANY GOALS, IN I IDEAS FOR WHAT MIGHT BE NEXT FOR YOU?
MIGHT BE NEXT FOR YOU? >> YOU KNOW, IT IS KIND OF NEW
>> YOU KNOW, IT IS KIND OF NEW TO THINK WHAT THE DIFFERENT
TO THINK WHAT THE DIFFERENT SKILLS I’VE GATHERED UP HERE IN
SKILLS I’VE GATHERED UP HERE IN SPACE FOR THE PAST 11 MONTHS I
SPACE FOR THE PAST 11 MONTHS I MIGHT BE ABLE TO BRING TO BEAR
MIGHT BE ABLE TO BRING TO BEAR AND CONTRIBUTE TO SOMETHING IN
AND CONTRIBUTE TO SOMETHING IN THE FUTURE AND, YOU KNOW, I’M
THE FUTURE AND, YOU KNOW, I’M JUST PLANNING TO STAY WITH NASA,
JUST PLANNING TO STAY WITH NASA, I REALLY LOVE THAT I DO, I’VE
I REALLY LOVE THAT I DO, I’VE HELD THIS PROGRAM IN SUCH HIGH
HELD THIS PROGRAM IN SUCH HIGH REGARD MY ENTIRE LIFE.
REGARD MY ENTIRE LIFE. TO BE ABLE TO GIVE BACK TO IT
TO BE ABLE TO GIVE BACK TO IT AND BE PART OF HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT
AND BE PART OF HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT IS THE MOST AMAZING THING I
IS THE MOST AMAZING THING I COULD HOPE FOR.
COULD HOPE FOR. MAYBE ANOTHER SPACEFLIGHT IN MY
MAYBE ANOTHER SPACEFLIGHT IN MY FUTURE, TOO.
FUTURE, TOO. >> MAYBE.
>> MAYBE. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE MEMORY
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE MEMORY THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH US FROM
THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH US FROM YOUR TIME?
YOUR TIME? >> GOSH, THERE’S JUST SO MUCH TO
>> GOSH, THERE’S JUST SO MUCH TO PICK FROM.
PICK FROM. I WILL NEVER OBVIOUSLY FORGET
I WILL NEVER OBVIOUSLY FORGET THE VERY FIRST TIME I CAME
THE VERY FIRST TIME I CAME THROUGH THE HATCH AND SAW THE
THROUGH THE HATCH AND SAW THE SPACE STATION, I COULDN’T
SPACE STATION, I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT WAS ACTUALLY REAL,
BELIEVE IT WAS ACTUALLY REAL, HAVING TRAINED ON IT FOR SIX
HAVING TRAINED ON IT FOR SIX YEARS STRAIGHT, HAVING SEEN ALL
YEARS STRAIGHT, HAVING SEEN ALL THE MOCK-UPS OF IT, HAVING SEEN
THE MOCK-UPS OF IT, HAVING SEEN TROO OF IT AND TO BE UP HERE AND
TROO OF IT AND TO BE UP HERE AND FLOATING AROUND AND BEING
FLOATING AROUND AND BEING SURROUNDED BY MY CREW MATES WHO
SURROUNDED BY MY CREW MATES WHO WERE SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS WAS
WERE SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS WAS OVERWHELMING.
OVERWHELMING. THE OTHER REALLY AWESOME MEMORY
THE OTHER REALLY AWESOME MEMORY WAS ON THE SPACE WALK WITH
WAS ON THE SPACE WALK WITH JESSICA AND I WENT WE FIRST GOT
JESSICA AND I WENT WE FIRST GOT THE GO TO COME OUT OF THE AIR
THE GO TO COME OUT OF THE AIR LOCK AND WE ENDED UP COMING OUT
LOCK AND WE ENDED UP COMING OUT AND WE WERE HOLDING ON TO A
AND WE WERE HOLDING ON TO A HANDRAIL AND WE CAUGHT EACH
HANDRAIL AND WE CAUGHT EACH OTHER’S EYE AND WE KNEW HOW
OTHER’S EYE AND WE KNEW HOW SPECIAL THAT MOMENT WAS AND I
SPECIAL THAT MOMENT WAS AND I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT.
WILL NEVER FORGET THAT. >> WHAT’S ONE THING YOU MIGHT
>> WHAT’S ONE THING YOU MIGHT WANT TO SAY TO YOUNG WOMEN WHO
WANT TO SAY TO YOUNG WOMEN WHO HAVE A DREAM THAT MIGHT SEEM A
HAVE A DREAM THAT MIGHT SEEM A LITTLE BIT TOO AMBITIOUS FOR
LITTLE BIT TOO AMBITIOUS FOR THEM THAT PEOPLE MIGHT SAY
THEM THAT PEOPLE MIGHT SAY YOU’RE DREAMING TOO BIG, LIKE
YOU’RE DREAMING TOO BIG, LIKE GOING TO SPACE.
GOING TO SPACE. >> I THINK THE KEY TO ACHIEVING
>> I THINK THE KEY TO ACHIEVING YOUR DREAMS IS TO GO AFTER
YOUR DREAMS IS TO GO AFTER THINGS THAT YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE
THINGS THAT YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOURSELF.
YOURSELF. TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND TO
TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND TO TRUST YOURSELF.
TRUST YOURSELF. AND I THINK ANOTHER THING THAT I
AND I THINK ANOTHER THING THAT I TELL PEOPLE IS DO WHAT SCARES
TELL PEOPLE IS DO WHAT SCARES YOU BECAUSE USUALLY IF IT IS
YOU BECAUSE USUALLY IF IT IS SCARING YOU IT’S SOMETHING THAT
SCARING YOU IT’S SOMETHING THAT SEEMS RIGHT OUTSIDE OF YOUR
SEEMS RIGHT OUTSIDE OF YOUR REACH IT’S SOMETHING THAT
REACH IT’S SOMETHING THAT INTRIGUES YOU THAT YOU’RE
INTRIGUES YOU THAT YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT, BUT MAYBE
PASSIONATE ABOUT, BUT MAYBE YOU’RE NOT QUITE SURE YOU CAN
YOU’RE NOT QUITE SURE YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH IT.
ACCOMPLISH IT. IF YOU DO WHAT STAIRS YOU YOU
IF YOU DO WHAT STAIRS YOU YOU MIGHT FIND HOW MUCH YOU’RE
MIGHT FIND HOW MUCH YOU’RE CAPABLE OF.
CAPABLE OF. I THINK THE LAST THING I WOULD
I THINK THE LAST THING I WOULD SAY IS SUPPORT THE PEOPLE AROUND
SAY IS SUPPORT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU.
YOU. I THINK WHEN WE ALL SUPPORT EACH
I THINK WHEN WE ALL SUPPORT EACH OTHER WE CAN ALL ACHIEVE THE
OTHER WE CAN ALL ACHIEVE THE MOST GREATNESS OUT OF EVERYTHING
MOST GREATNESS OUT OF EVERYTHING AND GIVE BACK THE MOST TO THE
AND GIVE BACK THE MOST TO THE WORLD.
WORLD. >> HOPEFULLY EARTH ISN’T TOO
>> HOPEFULLY EARTH ISN’T TOO BORING WHEN YOU GET BACK.
BORING WHEN YOU GET BACK. >> I’M DEFINITELY LOOKING
>> I’M DEFINITELY LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING ON THE SAME
FORWARD TO BEING ON THE SAME PLANET AS EVERYBODY ELSE VERY

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