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American astronaut spends 11 months in space, sets female record



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A NASA astronaut will spend nearly a year at the International Space Station and set a record for women.

Station's astronaut Christina Koch (Cook) will stay aboard for about 11 months, until February. It is approaching but does not completely break Scott Kelly's 340-day US record. She knew before she launched last month that her flight would reach 2020. She says it's amazing.

Another NASA astronaut will also have a longer stay. Andrew Morgan will launch to the space station this summer for a nine-month mission – also significantly longer than the usual six months.

NASA announced the extended missions this week.

Koch will break the record of 288 days for the longest single room of a woman in late December. Retired astronaut Peggy Whitson is the current record holder.


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