24 Hours in Space With Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir

The women give Marie Claire an exclusive look at a day on board the International Space Station.

In Space With Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir
(Image credit: NASA)

When NASA astronaut Christina Koch landed back on Earth in February after a record-breaking 328 days in space, the world was mesmerized by the incredible feat Koch had accomplished. Not only did she beat astronaut Peggy Whitson's space duration record, she also conducted the very first all-female spacewalk with her friend and fellow astronaut, Jessica Meir, who remains on board the International Space Station today.

For Marie Claire's Women & Space package, in which we explore the confluence of women and the space program—meeting the women who want to walk on Mars, examining the top jobs at NASA held by women—Koch and Meir gave us an exclusive peek at a typical day living on board the ISS when they were, quite literally, making history. In the video, we learn everything from how they wash their hair (there's no running water!) to how they exercise to what eating dinner looks like in microgravity (hint: lots of floating food involved).

Watch the video, above, then read more on Women & Space here.

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Rachel Epstein

Rachel Epstein is a writer, editor, and content strategist based in New York City. Most recently, she was the Managing Editor at Coveteur, where she oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. Previously, she was an editor at Marie Claire, where she wrote and edited culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also launched and managed the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game or finding a new coffee shop.