Astronaut tweets photo of coastal NC from space

Credit: Christina Koch/NASA

NASA astronaut Christina Koch is getting a much different view of home.

The NC State graduate tweeted a photo of coastal North Carolina from the International Space Station, saying the site, "took her breath away."

"My first glimpse of coastal North Carolina from space. 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 & planted the seed to explore," Koch tweeted.

Koch arrived at the International Space Station in March and plans to stick around for a full 11 months. Her 328 day stay would make it the longest space mission ever for a female astronaut. She was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2013 where she completed astronaut candidate training in July 2015.