The International Space Station welcomed a new team Thursday after the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft successfully docked, according to NASA.
NASA's Christina Hammock Koch, a Michigan native who grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina, was one of three people on the spacecraft, alongside NASA's Nick Hague and Russia's Alexey Ovchinin.
While at the ISS, she will brave space in the first all-female crew to conduct a spacewalk, according to North Carolina State University.
Koch is a three-time graduate of North Carolina State University with bachelor's degrees in physics and electrical engineering with a master's in electrical engineering.
In an interview, she told N.C. State that she would bring special reminders of her time at the university and the North Carolina School of Science and Math.