Astronaut welcomed home by excited pooch after a year in space

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

Feted for her achievement, she also received a hero's welcome from her delighted dog when she returned home.

NASA astronaut Christina Koch said she "felt like a baby" after returning to Earth from a record-breaking 328 days in space, the longest space mission ever achieved by a woman. And on Thursday, she took to Twitter to share a video of the joyous moment that she was reunited with her dog, LBD, who had clearly been eagerly awaiting her arrival.

"Not sure who was more excited", she captioned the video.

Koch's almost 11-months in orbit set the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman. "Glad she remembers me after a year!" wrote the 41-year-old NASA astronaut while sharing the video. LBD seemed to see Koch through the door and couldn't wait for her to get to the door, her tail wagging wildly behind her.

Earlier this week, Koch told Fox News' Bill Hemmer that boredom was never a problem during her stint on the ISS. She landed in Kazakhstan on February 6 with two colleagues aboard a Russian capsule.

The mission gave researchers the opportunity to observe the effects of long-duration spaceflight on a woman. "That is really important for our future spaceflight plans, going forward to the moon and Mars", she continued.

"Having the opportunity to be up here for so long is truly an honor", Koch said of her history-making accomplishment back in December, according to Space.com.

While at the International Space Station, Koch conducted six spacewalks and spent more than 42 hours in space outside of the station.

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