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Astronaut’s dog goes bonkers when she returns home from year in space, video shows

The end of astronaut Christina Koch’s year in space included an emotional reunion with her dog, LBD, and a video of the moment is getting millions of views on social media.

Koch tweeted the video late Thursday, and it starts with the dog pawing at the door and whipping its tail when it sees her through a window.

Once the door is opened, the dog is unable to control its emotions, frantically shaking, yelping, hopping and licking Koch’s face.

LBD is short for Little Black Dog, and the pet is a rescue, the Associated Press reported.

“I’m not sure who was more excited to see the other,” Koch told AP. “It’s just a symbol of coming back to the people and places that you love, to see your favorite animal.”

The 30-second video had been viewed 3 million times by Friday morning, with more than 1,400 comments.

“That is pure joy,” one woman said.

“Yes, I’m crying,” a man wrote.

“That is, perhaps, the most excited dog, I have ever seen in my entire life,” another viewer tweeted.

Koch grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina, but currently lives near Galveston, Texas.

She returned to Earth Feb. 6 after 11 months in space. Her husband, Bob, and LBD greeted her at home with a “kitchen full of chips and salsa, something she’d craved in orbit,” the Associated Press reported.

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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering beats including schools, crime, immigration, the LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history, and a minor in geology.