Astronaut Christina Koch posts heartwarming video of reunion with dog

Pablo Tucker
February 15, 2020

But perhaps one of Koch's most most important contributions was that she herself was the subject of study while in space. Feted for her achievement, she also received a hero's welcome from her delighted dog when she returned home.

Lots of people were happy to see MI native and NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch after she returned to Earth from her record-setting stay aboard the International Space Station. 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.

"I feel great", Koch said about six days after her return to Earth.

In the video, Koch's pup can be seen excitedly pawing at the door as she approaches. With almost 2.5 million views, the video has left many dog-lovers emotional.

Koch returned to her Galveston, Texas, home three days after landing in Kazakhstan from a 328-day mission to the International Space Station, The Associated Press reported.

"I didn't necessarily know what this mission was going to turn into when I launched", Koch told ABC News' senior transportation correspondent David Kerley in an interview from the space station last month.

The mission gave researchers the opportunity to observe the effects of long-duration spaceflight on a woman. According to the Huffington Post, her time in space was just 12 days shy of the American spaceflight record, held by astronaut Scott Kelly.

Koch, 41, says as she gets down on her knees to pet and play with the excited pup.

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