NASA’s Koch becomes first NC State alum in space

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At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 59 crewmember Christina Koch of NASA works inside the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft Feb. 27 during pre-launch training. Koch, Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos and Nick Hague of NASA (right) will launch March 14, U.S. time, on the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six-and-a-half […]

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. 

NASA said Koch and fellow astronaut Anne McClain will go on a spacewalk March 29.

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