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WATCH: With Record Space Mission, Astronaut Christina Koch Inspires Women Back on Earth

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After spending nearly 11 months in orbit aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth Thursday, parachuting into Kazakhstan with two crewmates aboard a Soviet Soyuz capsule.

Koch set a record for the single longest female stay in space and says the milestones she achieved are a tribute to the pioneering women who came before her.

Amna Nawaz reports for PBS NewsHour.