An N.C. State alumna has blasted off into space bound for the International Space Station.
Christina Koch has become the first graduate of North Carolina State University to go to space, the University confirmed.
She earned bachelor’s degrees from N.C. State University in physics and electrical engineering in 2001 and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2002.
Koch was selected as one of eight members of the 21st NASA astronaut class in June 2013.
She is set to live aboard the ISS for six months and serve as a flight engineer for Expedition 59 and 60, NASA said.
Koch blasted off into space from Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan on Pi Day.
Koch tweeted she went through final system checks on Wednesday to prepare for the flight.
NASA said Koch and fellow astronaut Anne McClain will go on a spacewalk March 29.