Astronaut: Christina Koch

It may not look like mountain climbing has much to do with being an astronaut, even though both involve great heights and special equipment. But in the video above, NASA’s Christina Koch, explains how the concentration and control she learned in climbing helped her prepare to be an astronaut and to make the climb to space for her first mission to the International Space Station.

In the video above, Astronaut Christina Koch, currently living and working on the International Space Station, spoke in a media interview about her new extended mission, what she has been working on and other details about her time on the orbiting laboratory.

In the video above, aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 61 Flight Engineer Christina Koch of NASA discussed her record-setting mission and life on the orbital outpost during a series of media interviews Dec. 27. Koch, who launched to the station back in March, will pass former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson’s mark of 288 days in space for the longest single spaceflight by a woman on Dec. 28. Koch is scheduled to return to Earth Feb. 6 on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft with a total of 328 days in space, second only to former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly’s record of 340 days in space as the longest single flight by an American astronaut.