Watch Astronaut Christina Koch Reunite With Her Dog After a Year Apart

Astronaut’s dog goes bonkers when she returns home from year in space, video shows | Raleigh News & Observer

Astronaut’s dog goes bonkers when she returns home from year in space, video shows | Raleigh News & Observer

The astronaut posted a video on Twitter of her reunion with her dog - and the pup was visibly excited about her return.

"Not sure who was more excited", she captioned the video. The emotional video showed the pooch eagerly waiting at the door and jumping in joy when it saw her owner after an 11-month-long space mission.

Koch is a Jacksonville native and went to White Oak High school for a few years.

Ms Koch returned to her home in Galveston, Texas, three days after landing in Kazakhstan.

Koch, who left Earth in March a year ago, took part in the first all-female spacewalk in October with colleague Jessica Meir. The dog flips out even more when Koch enters the home, greeting her with some serious face-licking. Koch, 41, said in the Twitter post.

The electrical engineer-turned astronaut said she counted herself lucky to not have suffered more serious ailments.

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Koch's time in space was history-making.

As NASA gears up for the next generation of lunar missions and eventual Mars missions, studying how microgravity affects the body will be crucial as longer spaceflights could become the norm.

Side-effects include a significant loss of bone density and a drop in muscle mass, Business Insider reported previous year.

"In space, your heart becomes rounder. because there's no gravity to pump against", Prof.

She completed six spacewalks while on the International Space Station, including the first all-female spacewalk with astronaut Jessica Meir.

"I didn't necessarily know what this mission was going to turn into when I launched", Koch told ABC News' senior transportation correspondent David Kerley in an interview from the space station last month. "I can not wait to feel and hear Earth again".

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