"Not sure who was more excited", Koch captioned the video.
The end of NC State grad Christina Koch's year in space included a reunion with her dog LBD, and its overwhelmed reaction was captured in a video that is getting millions of views.
Koch is a Jacksonville native and went to White Oak High school for a few years. "It's just a symbol of coming back to the people and places that you love, to see your favorite animal". The astronaut posted a sweet video on her Twitter of the moment when she was greeted by her dog after returning home.
Research and scientific details about how the near-year of microgravity affected Koch are not yet available, but NASA intends to use her extended stay as a way to observe whether prolonged spaceflight will affect women differently than their male counterparts. Her 328-day mission was the longest ever by a woman. She also said it's good to be back home and she is enjoying her favourite things from food to hanging out at the beach. She paws at the door and wags her tail vigorously as Christina Koch and her husband approach. She flew to the space station last March and was part of the first all-female spacewalk in October.
Being in space for long periods of time can affect the human body in many different ways.
Her path toward becoming an astronaut was not necessarily typical, but Koch said that after attending a class on "how to become an astronaut" at space camp as a youth, she decided she didn't want to live her life as a checklist.