Sunita Williams took off for her second space mission
Indian-American astronaut and US Navy officer “Sunita Williams” took off on her
second space visit at around 8:10 am on Sunday morning. This odyssey makes Sunita
Williams the first woman in history to head a space mission.
Sunita, who was selected for NASA in 1998, accompanied by two flight engineers
Russian Yuri Malenchenko and Japan's Akihiko Hoshide took off the ISS aboard a
Russian spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-05M” that lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in
The 46 year old Sunita will be making two space walks during the mission and in
space; her team of astronauts plan an orbital sporting event for the upcoming Summer
Olympics in London.
The trio will reach the International Space Station on Tuesday where Sunita will be the
flight engineer on the station’s Expedition-32 crew who are already present there and
will also become the commander officer of Expedition-33.
The captain of USN, Sunita who 6 years ago on her last flight holds the record for the
longest spaceflight of 195 days for female space travellers, was assigned to
the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14 and then
joined Expedition 15.
Wishes and prayers began to pour in for Sunita as she got ready for her second space
Besides, the former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam also wished the astronaut: "I
want to say 'all the best' (to Sunita Williams)."