NASA astronaut, NC State grad Christina Koch ready for first space flight

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. 

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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. 

For more information on Koch's mission into space, click here.