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WATCH Astronaut welcomed home by excited pooch after a year in space North Carolina WATCH Astronaut welcomed home by excited pooch after a year in space Christina Koch
Sandy Nunez | 15 February, 2020, 02:06

NASA astronaut Christina Koch said she "felt like a baby" after returning to Earth from a record-breaking 328 days in space, the longest space mission ever achieved by a woman. The trip shattered the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, which was previously held by retired NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who set the record with 288 days in space in 2017.

The video shows her dog wagging up a storm, peering out the front door with her front paws on the window sill as Koch nears.

US astronaut Christina Koch gives a thumbs up shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-13 space capsule.

The pup's name is LBD, which stands for "Little Brown Dog".

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Koch said that aside from a few neck pains and balancing problems, she was readjusting well to gravity and enjoying being back on Earth, CNN reported.

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"After first launching into outer space on March 14, 2019, Koch returned to Earth Thursday, along with Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency)", the space agency wrote on its website on February 6.

"And yes, she was very excited, I was very excited, I'm not sure who was more excited!" She was also looking forward to digging into some chips and salsa, and going swimming and surfing in the Gulf of Mexico.

The only other American astronaut to spend more days in space than Koch is Scott Kelly, who spent 340 days out of this world, according to NASA.

After being in space for almost a year, it was an emotional reunion between astronaut Christina Koch and her best friend.