Is Christina Koch married? Yes, she is. Her husband’s name is Bob Koch aka Robert Koch. They met at American Samoa for the first time. At that time, Christina was working at a climate research base task for measuring the reason behind the Keeling Curve. Similarly, Bob was serving the head of the geospatial program for the Samoan Department of Commerce and used to work as a contractor for the government.
The couple is enjoying their conjugal life and resides together in Texas, the United States. They were interviewed by host Dan Huot in the podcast “Houston We Have a Podcast” recorded on December 20th, 2018. Scroll down to explore more interesting personal facts and biography of Koch:
Who is Christina Koch?
Born as Christina Hammock, she landed the planet on January 29, 1979, which makes her age be 41 years old as of 2020. By profession, she is an American NASA astronaut of the class of 2013 as well as a successful engineer. She was the talk of the town after being launched to the International Space Station as a Flight Engineer on March 14, 2019.
Early Life and Education
Christina Hammock Koch was born in 1979 and her place of birth is in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Talking about her family background, she was born to the parents named Barbara Johnsen (mother) from Frederick, Maryland and Dr. Ronald Hammock (father) from Jacksonville, North Carolina.
She spent most of her childhood days in Jacksonville, North Carolina. By her young age, she dreamed of becoming an astronaut which has now proven to be successful. Talking about her education and academic achievements, she attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics from where she completed her graduation in 1997.
Following her high school graduation, she went to North Carolina State University in Raleigh from where she received a double bachelor’s degree in Physics and in Electrical Engineering. In 2001 at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), she was able to turn as a graduate of the NASA Academy program. The following year, she earned her Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
Career and Professional Life
Christina has served in the field of remote scientific field engineering and space science instrument development. She worked for the scientific instruments on several NASA missions as an Electrical Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She also served Montgomery College in Maryland as Adjunct Faculty.
From 2004 to 2007, she served the United States Antarctic Program as a Research Associate during which she traveled to the Arctic and Antarctic regions. She never got disappointed with her work even working at minus-111 degree temperature. She started working at Johns Hopkins University’s Space Department of the Applied Physics Laboratory as an Electrical Engineer from 2007 to 2009. There, she was mainly focused on developing on space science instrument.
After that, Koch served NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) in 2012 as Station Chief of the American Samoa Observatory as well as at NOAA’s Global Monitoring Division Baseline Observatory as a Field Engineer.
As a part of Astronaut Group 21, she was selected by NASA in June 2013. She received various astronaut training including T‐38 flight training, spacewalks, water and wilderness survival training, physiological training, etc.
Alongside Aleksey Ovchinin (born on 28 September 1971) and Nick Hague (born on September 24, 1975), she was launched on Soyuz MS-12 to the International Space Station on March 14, 2019. On March 29, 2019, she was scheduled to perform her first EVA alongside Anne McClain (born on June 7, 1979) for the first all-female spacewalk. However, the scheduled spacewalk wasn’t made due to spacesuit sizing issues.
On October 18, 2019, Christina Koch alongside Jessica Meir carried out the first-ever all-female spacewalk in history. This event made Koch drew attention from the entire world.
Christina Hammock, Koch is married to Bob Koch. She is having a perfect romantic life together with her husband who has supported each and every step of her astronaut career. Christina is an adventure loving person and enjoys backpacking, paddling, sailing, rock climbing, photography, community service and travel.
American astronaut Christina Koch has perfect health with a maintained body structure. She is very active and enjoys performing yoga for remaining healthy. The job and dream of being an astronaut have made her become conscious about her health, diet and fitness activities.
Salary and Net worth
Christina Koch has an estimated net worth of 5 million USD which is yet to be verified. She might have garnered an impressive amount of salary from her engineering and NASA’s career. She has earned multiple awards in her name including NASA Group Achievement Award, United States Congress Antarctic Service Medal with Winter‐Over distinction and many more.
Wiki and Facts
The biography of Christina Koch is prepared by various wiki sites including Wikipedia. She is also active on Instagram @astro_christina where she has amassed more than 465k followers now. Her Twitter profile @Astro_Christina has retained more than 240k followers now.