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Sunita Williams among Quartet Selected To Test Fly Commercial Spacecraft

Sunita Williams among Quartet Selected To Test Fly Commercial Spacecraft

The American space agency NASA announced the name of four astronauts who will be the first to fly test flights of commercial spacecraft. The team said that as of now they haven't come up with a more media-savvy name for them.

The four astronauts announced by NASA include Sunita Williams, Douglas Hurley, Robert Behnken and Eric Boe.

The label, Commercial Crew Cadre, as of now fits for the team seeing the tasks they'll be doing over the next few years, said Air Force Col. Robert Behnken, head of the astronaut office.

NASA Announces Names of Four Astronauts for Commercial Flights to ISS

NASA Announces Names of Four Astronauts for Commercial Flights to ISS

The American space agency NASA on Thursday announced the names of first four astronauts who will be flying aboard spaceships to be built by private companies Boeing and SpaceX in coming years.

According to the sources familiar with the issues, the commercial spaceflights to the International Space Station (ISS) are scheduled to start in 2017. NASA’s commercialization of space flights will help restore US access to space after a six-year gap following the retirement of the space shuttle program in 2011.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said, “These distinguished, veteran astronauts are blazing a new trail – a trail that will one day land them in the history books and Americans on the surface of Mars”.

Indians are creative, says Sunita Williams

Sunita-WilliamKolkata, April 2 : Calling Indians creative and innovative, US astronaut Sunita Williams Tuesday said that an international space programme was the "right way to go".

"What I see when I come to India is that there are a lot of creative and innovative people who are ready and willing to jump ahead and be entrepreneurial and add to any programme out there," Williams said at a media conference at the Science City auditorium here Tuesday.

India doing excellent in space programmes: Sunita Williams

Sunita-Williams1New Delhi, April 1 : Lauding Indian space agency ISRO, US astronaut Sunita Williams Monday said it was doing an excellent job and wished that more Indian American women follow her and the late Kalpana Chawla into space.

Williams, 47, who holds the world record for the most spacewalk time - 50 hours 40 minutes - by a female astronaut, is in India on a week-long trip.

"India is doing excellent in space programme and has a huge resource of people. ISRO (India Space Research organisation) is doing a great job," Williams told IANS.

Sunita Williams condemns Delhi gang-rape, calls it lack of respect for women

Sunita Williams condemns Delhi gang-rape, calls it lack of respect for women Pune, Jan 4 : American astronaut of Indian origin Sunita Williams has condemned the recent Delhi gang-rape case, and cited it as a case of lack of respect for women in the country.

Beaten and raped by five men and a teenager on December 16, the victim died from her injuries on December 29, her plight shaking the conscience of many urban middle class Indians who consider gender rights as important as poverty alleviation.

Sunita Williams with two fellow astronauts returns to Earth

Sunita Williams with two fellow astronauts returns to Earth Three astraunouts, including Indian-American Sunita Williams, have safely returned to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS).

Sunita along with two fellow astronauts, viz. Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide, landed at 0726 IST on Monday in the town of Arkalyk in central Kazakhstan, after spending four months in space.

They touched down safely on the steppes of central Kazakhstan on board a Russian Soyuz capsule.

Sunita Williams wishes happy Diwali from space

Sunita Williams wishes happy Diwali from spaceNASA's Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams has conveyed her greetings on the occasion of Diwali to Indians in India and abroad from the International Space Station.

"I wish everybody in India and people of Indian origin around the world, Happy Diwali. It is a wonderful day and a wonderful festival and I am happy we are part of it up here at the International Space Station," Williams said.

NASA shortlisted Sunita Williams to travel to space once again

Sunita WilliamsNASA had declared on Saturday that Sunita Williams, an Indian-American Astronaut will visit the space once again. Sunita Wiiliams, 44 yrs old, become the first space women by experiencing the longest space flight of 195 days. She belongs to a Gujarati family born and brought up in Euclid, Ohio.

I’m Proud To Be Indian, Says Sunita Williams

New Delhi: As the whole world celebrated the international non-violence day, Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams also paid tribute to the ‘father of the nation’ on his 138th birth anniversary.

While addressing students in a school, Williams said, “Mahatma Gandhi was an incredible individual. His non-violence policy affects every sphere of our life. The whole world has to learn a lot from him.”

Williams said Gandhiji had always preached for peacefulness and nonviolent resistance, and she was proud to be part of a peaceful scientific space project.

Earth Is A Borderless Unit, Says Sunita Williams

williams_sunitaHyderabad: Sunita Williams said that the earth is a borderless unit, and experiencing it could alter people perceptual knowledge. While talking to the pupils and media-persons at the 58th International Astronautical Congress in Hyderabad, She said, “When you are in space, what hits you is the futility of drawing maps and marking boundaries.

Sunita Williams arrives in Delhi

New Delhi, Sept. 29 : American Indian astronaut Sunita Williams arrived here today, months after completing her successful expedition aboard the space shuttle "Discovery".

Williams arrived here after attending the concluding session of the 58th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Hyderabad. She was given a warm welcome by her fans and American Embassy officials.

During her six-day stay, Williams will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. She is also scheduled to meet other prominent personalities.

58th International Astronautical Congress to begin today

Hyderabad, Sep 24: The 58th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) will begin at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre today.

The session of the IAC, with theme "Touching Humanity: Space for Improving quality of life", is being hosted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Astronautical Society of India (ASI).

Sunita Williams to speak at International Astronautical Congress in Hyderabad

New Delhi, Sep 23: After sharing her experience with the students of Gujarat, Indian-origin American astronaut Sunita Williams will speak at the 58th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which is starting tomorrow in Hyderabad.

The 58th Session of the IAC, with theme "Touching Humanity: Space for Improving quality of life", is being hosted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Astronautical Society of India (ASI) which will last til September 28.

Sunita Williams & Sharma To Be A Part Of 58th IAC At Hyderabad

Sunita WilliamsHyderabad: Sunita Williams, Indian-born NASA astronaut and Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian spaceman will take part in the 58th International Astronautical Congress (IAC-2007), which is going to be started on September 24 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre.

ISRO Director B R Suresh said that Mr. Sharma and Ms. Sunita would join on September 28, the concluding day of the meeting.

Sunita Williams conferred with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Award

Ahmedabad (Gujarat): Indian-origin American astronaut Sunita Williams was conferred with the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vishwa Pratibha Award by World Gujarati Society on Friday.
Williams is the first non-resident to receive the award. She was presented with the award by Gujarat Governor Naval Kishore Sharma.

The award hat includes a prize money of Rs 250,000, was collected by Williams's father, Dipak Pandya, who subsequently pledged it for a charity.

Sunita William’s ancestral village welcomes her with fanfare

Jhulasan (Gujarat), Sept 21: Indian-origin American astronaut Sunita Williams on Friday visited her native village in Gujarat amidst much fanfare.

Williams, who arrived in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, is in India for the first time after her successful expedition aboard space shuttle Discovery.

People of Jhulasan village, William's father's ancestral village, welcomed her with true Gujarati customs putting up folk dances as large crowds gathered to get a glimpse of her.

Sunita Williams is a role model for Indian children: PM

New Delhi, Sept. 21: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said that Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams is a ‘role model’ for Indian children and a source of inspiration for women in the country.

Dr. Singh also said that India feels proud of her achievement, even though she is a citizen of the United States of America.

Congratulating Williams on her unique achievement and her contribution to the human quest for a better understanding of our Universe, Dr. Singh invited her to meet him.

Sunita Williams' family, relatives celebrate her birthday

Ahmedabad, Sept 19 : The family and relatives of Indian-origin American astronaut Sunita Williams celebrated her birthday with fanfare in Gujarat today.

In Ahmedabad, Williams' father Dipak Pandya cut a cake.

"I wish her success in her coming up expeditions for exploration of space," said Pandya.

Students of the nearby Nelson School were present at the residence of Williams' uncle Vitthal Pandya.

Students of Tagore Bal Niketan School in Haryana's Karnal, where Kalpana Chawla studied, also extended their wishes to her.

Ancestral Village in Gujarat prepares to welcome Sunita Williams

Jhulasan (Gujarat), Sept. 19: American Indian astronaut Sunita Williams’s ancestral home in Jhulasan village in North Gujarat’s Mehsana District is looking forward to welcoming her later this week.

Williams is expected to arrive on Thursday, months after completing her successful expedition aboard the space shuttle “Discovery”.

This quaint village, with a population of just about 5,000, is excited about the fact that one of its progeny has brought them fame.

Williams will be accorded a grand reception by the village council.

Sunita Williams Selected ‘Person Of The Week’

A leading USSunita Williams television network selected Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams as 'Person of the Week' after she returned to Earth onboard shuttle Atlantis after a record 195-day stay in space.

On Saturday, the shuttle landed in safety at the Edwards Air Force Base in California after bad weather at the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral pressured mission managers to leave out three landing efforts there.

After successful landing, NASA mission control congratulated Sunita and six other members of the Atlantis crew, and the ABC Television Network chose Sunita as ‘Person of the Week’.




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