North Carolina native Christina Koch tweets picture of Outer Banks from International Space Station

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- "It took my breath away." Those are the words of a North Carolina native who got to see the Outer Banks from space.

NC State graduate and NASA astronaut Christina Koch Tweeted a picture of North Carolina's barrier islands taken from the International Space Station.



Koch is on a mission at the space station which will go down in the record books. She will not return to Earth until Feb. 2020, spending 328 days in space--the longest single spaceflight ever by a woman. The longest single spaceflight by any NASA astronaut is 340 days--set by Scott Kelly in 2015-2016.
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