She spent nearly a record year in space. When she finally got home, her dog was over the moon.
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Christina Koch blasted off into space on March 14, 2019, on what would be a historic 328 days at the International Space Station (ISS).

Over that time, she was part of the first-ever all-female spacewalk. She also set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. While at the ISS, she conduced six spacewalks, spending over 42 hours outside the station.

Koch and crew conducted countless experiments at the ISS, focusing on technology development, biology, and the search for evidence of dark matter.


"I didn't necessarily know what this mission was going to turn into when I launched," Koch told ABC News. "But I think one of the things about the astronaut corps is that we are taught to be adaptable and to be ready for anything in a mission that comes our way."


After nearly a year in space, Koch was obviously happy to make it home on Thursday. But you know who looked even more excited? Her dog LBD (short for Little Brown Dog).

Koch posted a video of their reunion Thursday on social media and it's quickly gone viral. As LBD sees Koch coming up the driveway, he scratches the door and his tail whips around like crazy. Once Koch comes through the door he can't stop licking her face.

"Not sure who was more excited. Glad she remembers me after a year!" Koch wrote on Twitter.

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A new Gallup poll found a significant increase in the number of Americans who identify as LGBT since the last time it conducted a similar poll in 2017.

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"More than half of LGBT adults (54.6%) identify as bisexual. About a quarter (24.5%) say they are gay, with 11.7% identifying as lesbian and 11.3% as transgender. An additional 3.3% volunteer another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as queer or same-gender-loving," the poll says.

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"I was living in a one-bedroom apartment with no heat for two years," Jackson said. "The Department of Veterans Affairs was doing everything they could to help but I was not in a good situation."

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Her feelings of hope quickly blossomed into a vision for her future when she learned that Veteran's Village was taking applications for residents to move in later that year after construction was complete.

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