NASA astronaut Christina Koch’s rescue dog, Sadie Lou, jumps for joy as they’re reunited

NASA astronaut Christina Koch has shared a heartwarming video of the moment she was reunited with her beloved dog following her return from a record-breaking 328-day stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). 

The electrical engineer, 41, arrived back at her Galveston, Texas home on Wednesday, where she was warmly greeted by her rescue pup, Sadie Lou, at the front door. 

A camera captured the ecstatic canine wagging her tail and pawing at the glass door as she watched Koch approach from the outside.  

Koch is pictured shortly after returning to Earth in the Soyuz MS-13 space capsule last Thursday

Sadie Lou then broke out in excitable barks and ran around in circles as her astronaut mom walked inside. 

‘Hi! Hi!’ Koch could be heard saying in the clip, before she scooped the dog up in her arms.  

The astronaut posted the video to Twitter accompanied, and wrote: ‘Not sure who was more excited. Glad she remembers me after a year!’ 

The video has already been viewed a whopping 3.5 million times. 

The astronaut posted the video to Twitter accompanied, and wrote: 'Not sure who was more excited. Glad she remembers me after a year!'

The astronaut posted the video to Twitter accompanied, and wrote: 'Not sure who was more excited. Glad she remembers me after a year!'

The astronaut posted the video to Twitter accompanied, and wrote: ‘Not sure who was more excited. Glad she remembers me after a year!’

Koch arrived back on Earth on last Thursday after smashing the record for the longest time spent in space by a female astronaut. 

She surpassed the previous record set for a single spaceflight by a woman – 289 days, set by NASA veteran Peggy Whitson in 2017 – on December 28, 2019. 

Koch returned on the Soyuz crew ship, which touched down in the desert in Kazakhstan. She spent several days in that country before flying home to the US. 

As well as breaking the record for longest continuous time in space by a woman, Koch also ranks seventh on the list for overall time spent in space by US astronauts.

She also made history last October when she became one half of the first-ever all-woman spacewalk along with NASA counterpart Jessica Meir. 

Koch is pictured during a press conference which took  place in Texas on Wednesday

Koch is pictured during a press conference which took  place in Texas on Wednesday

Koch is pictured during a press conference which took  place in Texas on Wednesday 

In this June 2019 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Christina Koch poses for a portrait inside of the vestibule between a SpaceX Dragon cargo craft and the Harmony module of the International Space Station

In this June 2019 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Christina Koch poses for a portrait inside of the vestibule between a SpaceX Dragon cargo craft and the Harmony module of the International Space Station

In this June 2019 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Christina Koch poses for a portrait inside of the vestibule between a SpaceX Dragon cargo craft and the Harmony module of the International Space Station

Koch told reporters that – in addition to the warm greeting from her beloved pup – she was met with a kitchen full of chips and salsa, provided by her husband, Robert. 

Elsewhere in her interview with reporters, she advised the next generation of female space explorers to follow their passions and ‘do what scares you’. 

‘Do the things that might feel like they’re just out of your reach, they’re intriguing you, they’re drawing you in, but you don’t know for sure if you can do it.

‘Go after that thing – not only will you maximally impact the world but you’ll get the most personal fulfillment out of it and use that as a springboard.’ 

Koch's last tweet before she returned to Earth was just over a week ago, showing the view from the ISS

Koch's last tweet before she returned to Earth was just over a week ago, showing the view from the ISS

Koch’s last tweet before she returned to Earth was just over a week ago, showing the view from the ISS 

Three astronauts remain at the orbiting lab, including the other half of the all-female spacewalk, NASA’s Jessica Meir. 

Koch tweeted last week before her return: ‘What will I miss? The exquisite beauty of both the planet Earth and this marvel that its amazing people created.’ 

The tweet was accompanied by a sweeping image of the Earth as seen from the ISS.

Koch touched down last week with colleagues Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency.

Unlike Koch, her fellow ISS inhabitants Parmitano and Skvortsov rounded off six-month missions on the ISS. 

NASA astronaut Christina Koch in her space suit while performing duties aboard the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Christina Koch in her space suit while performing duties aboard the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Christina Koch in her space suit while performing duties aboard the International Space Station

 

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