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NC astronaut posts Outer Banks picture from space

Posted April 23, 2019 8:41 a.m. EDT
Updated April 23, 2019 10:16 a.m. EDT

— The North Carolina native aboard the International Space Station posted a photo of her home from hundreds of miles above Earth.

Seeing coastal North Carolina from space “took my breath away,” NASA astronaut Christina Koch posted on social media Monday.

“It’s a special thing to see from above the place where you grew up — the ocean that first inspired my fascination with things that make me feel small, and first planted the seeds of a goal to explore.”

Koch, originally from Jacksonville, has been on the International Space Station since March 14. She completed her first spacewalk March 29.

She received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.

NASA announced last week that her time aboard the International Space station was extended to February 2020. Her 328 days would break the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

The International Space Station on average orbits 240 miles above Earth.

During her March 29 spacewalk, Koch installed batteries to help power the station’s research lab.