By Meagan Flynn
Koch returned to Earth from her 328-day mission on the space station just last month, breaking the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman, while Hadfield spent more than five months on the ISS from 2012 to 2013. The station is like a cluster of pressurized aluminum bubbles, and feels like living in the boiler room in the basement of a large building for a long period of time, Hadfield said. They work each day with the same small group of people, with no way to leave. Their workspace is their living space. They are connected to the people they love only through the power of video chat.
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