NASA Astronaut Christina Cox will have her mission at the International Space Station (ISS), which will last nearly 11 months, which will record a longest flight from space by one woman, the US space agency said.
Koch, 40, arrived in ISO on March 14 with two other crew members – an American and a Russian – for what was originally planned to be a six-month mission.
The two other astronauts will return to Earth on October 3rd, but Koh's stay will be extended by February 2020, which will beat the record of another US astronaut Peggy Vuitton who 288 days spent 288 days in IBS in 2016-17 . .
"It feels great," Koh said when he told her that her mission was prolonged. "I knew this was an opportunity for a long time and it was really a dream come true."
Jennifer Fogarty, chief scientist of NASA's Human Research Program, said the Koh's extended mission would provide additional data on the effects of the long-lasting spacecraft on the human body and "support future missions on the moon and Mars."
About US astronaut Scott Kelly, an expanded spacecraft record that spent 340 days on the plane with Russian Mikhail Kornienko in 2015-16.
The longest spacecraft was Russian Valery Polakov, who spent 14 months at the Mir station in 1994-95.
The current ISS team is composed of three Americans – Koch, Ana McLane and Nick Hague – two Russians – Oleg Kononenko and Alexey Ovchin – and Canadian, David Saint-Jacques.
Between June and September, several astronauts will return to Earth and will be replaced by others, including Italian Luca Parmaatano and the first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates, Hazzaa Ali Almansuri, who will spend about a week in space.
At present, astronauts fly to and from the ISS using the Soyuz Space Shuttle. US manufacturers SpaceX and Boeing are developing their own transport vehicles and they need to be ready by the end of the year.
MCA – a rare area of cooperation between Moscow and Washington – orbiting the Earth since 1998.
NASA's mission, astronaut Christina Coch at the International Space Station, will be extended for 11 months, which will be a record for a woman in space