(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - NASA astronaut and NC State grad Christina Koch is about to embark on her very first space flight.
The North Carolina State University graduate will aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, March 14 for a mission to the International Space Station.
Koch will serve with the crew for about six months as a flight engineer for Expedition 59 and 60. She was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2013 where she completed astronaut candidate training in July 2015.
Koch, a native of Michigan, graduated from NCSU with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Physics and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.
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