Christina Koch

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Christina Hammock Koch
Christina M. Hammock portrait.jpg
NASA Astronaut
Born (1979-01-29) January 29, 1979 (age 39)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
North Carolina State University
Selection2013 NASA Group

Christina Hammock Koch (born January 29, 1979) is a NASA astronaut of the class of 2013.[1][2] She was previously the NOAA Station Chief for American Samoa.[3]

Personal Life[edit]

Koch resides in Galveston, Texas.


Koch graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham in 1997, and then enrolled at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, from which she earned two Bachelor of Science degrees, in Electrical Engineering (2001) and Physics (2002), and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (2002).


Hammock signals her success at fire-starting during training, a technique that help her sustain her life in the wilderness.

Koch has experience both in space science instrument development and remote scientific field engineering. She worked as an Electrical Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, where she contributed to scientific instruments on several NASA missions studying cosmology and astrophysics. During this time, she also served as Adjunct Faculty at Montgomery College where she led a Physics Laboratory course. Koch moved on to become a Research Associate in the United States Antarctic Program from 2004 to 2007. She completed a winter-over season at the Admunsen-Scott South Pole Station and a season at Palmer Station. While in Antarctica, she was a member of the Firefighting Teams and Ocean/Glacier Search and Rescue Teams. From 2007 to 2009, Koch returned to space science instrument development as an Electrical Engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s Space Department. She contributed to instruments studying radiation particles for NASA missions, including Juno and the Van Allen Probes. During this time, she volunteered as a tutor at Anne Arundel Community College in various science and mathematics subjects. In 2010, Koch returned to remote scientific field work with tours including Palmer Station in Antarctica and multiple winter seasons at Summit Station in Greenland. In 2012, Koch continued work at remote scientific bases, now with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She served as a Field Engineer at NOAA’s Global Monitoring Division Baseline Observatory in Barrow Alaska, and then as Station Chief of the American Samoa Observatory. During this time, she participated in many opportunities for educational outreach to share the scientific work being done at these remote stations.

Expedition 59/60[edit]

Koch is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on Soyuz MS-12 in March 2019, alongside Aleksey Ovchinin and Nick Hague, to join the Expedition 59/60 crew.[4]


  1. ^ National Aeronautics and Space Administration. "2013 Astronaut Class". NASA. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "NASA's Newest Astronauts Complete Training". NASA. July 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "NASA announces eight new astronauts, half are women". June 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Northon, Karen (3 December 2018). "NASA Astronaut Nick Hague Set for New Space Station Mission". NASA. Retrieved 4 December 2018.

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