RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – An N.C. State alumna is now the first graduate from the University to travel to space.
Christina Koch earned bachelor’s degrees from N.C. State University in physics and electrical engineering in 2001 and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2002.
Koch was selected as one of eight members of the 21st NASA astronaut class in June 2013.
She is set to live aboard the ISS for six months and serve as a flight engineer for Expedition 59 and 60, NASA said.
Thursday night, the Soyuz rocket she was aboard successfully docked with the International Space Station. Koch later made it aboard the ISS.
Koch and two others launched at 3:14 p.m. EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan on March 14 – Pi Day.
Koch tweeted she went through final system checks on Wednesday.
First fit check of our actual spacecraft – the Soyuz rocket! This will be the last time we test the systems while wearing our launch and landing space suits. Great to see the real deal with the crew! pic.twitter.com/H7SdhgFuSn— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) March 6, 2019
NASA said Koch and fellow astronaut Anne McClain will go on a spacewalk March 29.