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Thursday, March 29, 2007

UP, UP AND AWAY

A recent article on Sunita Williams, tells us that "what goes up, may not always come down", at least not when planned anyway. See Astronaut Stuck In Space

Sunita Lyn "Suni" Williams, born September 19, 1965 in Euclid, Ohio, is a NASA astronaut. She is currently assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14.

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Williams is the second woman of Indian heritage to have been selected by NASA for a space mission after Kalpana Chawla. She holds the records for number of space walks and total time spent on spacewalks by a woman: four space walks for a total of 29 hours and 17 minutes.

Facts courtesy of Wikipedia on Sunita Williams


Kalpana Chawla (July 1, 1961 – 1 February 2003), you may remember, was an Indian-born American astronaut and a space shuttle mission specialist.


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She was, unfortunately, one of seven crew members lost aboard Space Shuttle Columbia during mission STS-107, when the shuttle disintegrated upon reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.


Facts courtesy of Wikipedia on Kalpana Williams

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