NASA’s goal is to send astronauts to the moon in 2025, fifty years after the Apollo missions. We will therefore start with operations defined as preparatory, such as Artemis 2, scheduled for November 2024, and which will allow man to touch the lunar surface for the first time in more than half a century. Among the protagonists of this mission, in addition to Victor Glover, Reid Wiseman and Jeremy Hansen, there will also be Christina Koch, the first woman destined to accomplish this feat.
Who is Christina Koch
Christina Koch was born in Michigan in 1979, is an electrical engineer and physicist, and has a master’s degree in electrical energy sciences from 2002. After her studies, Koch worked as an electrical engineer at the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics of the GFSC, teaching in the same period physics at Montgomery College. She subsequently participated in research missions to Antarctica and Greenland, until 2012 when she worked for NOAA as a field engineer in Alaska and Polynesia.
Landing at NASA
In 2013 Koch was selected in NASA Astronaut Group 21, subsequently starting training as a candidate to be able to make space trips. In 2015 she officially became an astronaut, initially serving in the ISS crew operations branch of the NASA astronaut office. Her first mission dates back to March 14, 2019, while October 18 with Jessica Meir he makes the first all-female intervention in space. On December 28 of the same year, she broke the record for the longest stay in space for a woman. The future is called Artemis 2, where she will become the first woman in history to set foot on the moon.