NASA astronaut returns to Earth after record space mission

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NASA's Christina Koch, who returned to Earth on Thursday, has set a new record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.

She clocked 328 days on the International Space Station (ISS) and broke the previous record held by fellow American Peggy Whitson.

Koch touched down on the Kazakh steppe at 0912 GMT along with Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russia's Alexander Skvortsov.

She also set the record for leading the first all-female spacewalk in 2019.

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