Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Indian American – Sunita Williams to again head off into space

The Indian American, Sunita Williams, (44) who currently holds the record for the longest space fight in history for a female astronaut, will yet again head off into space in June 2012 to board the space station that was her home between December 2006 and June 2007. The space station, called Soyuz 31, will also become home to cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide as was announced on Friday by all three agencies. Their mission is to begin undocking the Soyuz 31 from their small station, the Expedition 33, of which Williams will be the commander.

The first time Sunita Williams went into space she cut her ponytail for donation to the Locks of Love organization. Another one of her fellow astronauts aboard the space station also donated her pony tail which they brought back down to earth aboard the Discovery.

Williams received her training from the United States Navy, where she logged over 2770 hours of flight training in more than 30 different aircraft. She was approached in 1998 from NASA to become part of their elite team of astronaut trainees.


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