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GR native journey from the farm to the spacewalk



PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich (Wood). – How Christine Koch became only the 14th woman to perform a spacewalk at the International Space Station on Friday, the world watched.

Perhaps some were looking more closely than aunt Koch, Loretta Homrich, who lives in northwest Grand Rapids.

"I carry this with me a room in the room," said Homrich, showing 24 Hour News 8 the smartphone is connected to the NASA live feed. "I have (it's) the TV, my computer, my IPad.»

Koch feared vacuum space to perform a mechanical work to the ISS.

She was born in the city of Grand Rapids. While she moved to North Carolina when she was young, she will visit a few weeks each summer. She spent time as a teenager, working on his family's farm & # 39; and in Sparta and are in a fruit market Komstke Park: Homrich under the pine trees.

"She saw his grandfather (job) from the sun to sun down. And he never stopped, and she was right with him, »Homrich memories. "(It was) very worker. And I never give up. If she could not do it, she found a way to do it. "

Now some 25 years later, Koch resigned from Sparta into space. her crew launched two weeks ago to spend the next six and a half months on their mission to the ISS.

Her family & # 39; I, 200 miles below, said it was hard work, she showed as a teenager, who was carrying her to the stars.

For them, the proud, not even describe.

"Who would have thought that she was in space as an astronaut. She continued to work on the farm, and now it is in space. It's just absolutely incredible, "said Homrich.

Koch was able to video call with your family & # 39; her back home and Homrich been in contact by e-mail.

Something & # 39; I also tracks when the ISS passes over Western Michigan and make sure that every time a wave.

The spacewalk was supposed to be historic – the first all-women spacewalk – but problems forced NASA spacesuits unload one of the women to men.

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