Astronaut reunites with dog after 328 days in space ABC News

Astronaut reunites with dog after 328 days in space ABC News

"You know it's just a symbol of coming back to the people and places that you love, to see your favorite animal".

Koch returned to Earth on the Soyuz crew ship, which touched down in the desert in Kazakhstan.

Since returning to Earth, Koch said her first order of business after getting used to walking again was to reunite with her dog - "she was very excited", Koch said - and to visit the beach with her family. "I felt like a 2-week-old who was actually working hard to hold up my own head", she said.

The electrical engineer, 41, arrived back at her Galveston, Texas home on Wednesday, where she was warmly greeted by her rescue pup, Sadie Lou, at the front door.

Koch, who left Earth in March past year, took part in the first all-female spacewalk in October with colleague Jessica Meir.

It's clear her adorable doggo is ecstatic to finally have her home.

Koch tweeted the video late Thursday, and it starts with the dog pawing at the door and whipping its tail when it sees her through a window. The Livingston resident made history with the longest space flight by a woman astronaut and the first all-female space walk.

Side-effects include a significant loss of bone density and a drop in muscle mass, Business Insider reported past year. Kevin Moffat, who specializes in human physiology in extreme environments, told Business Insider.

© AFP via Getty Images, FILE NASA Astronaut Christina Koch answers questions during a postflight news conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Feb. 12, 2020. "I can not wait to feel and hear Earth again".

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