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Thursday, May 04, 2006

The next Indian woman in space

Following the footsteps of Kalpana Chawla, an Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams will now be a part of the replacement crew for the six-month-long International Space Station Expedition. This space programme will be carried out in September this year.

Sunita's selection caps the prospects, which began in 2003 when she was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Agency as a backup crew member for one of its missions to the space station orbiting about 240 miles above Earth.

She is the second astronaut of Indian origin after Kalpana Chawla, whose space odyssey had a tragic end on February 1, 2003, when space shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas during re-entry.

Check out Sunita Williams' profile on NASA's web site here.

Her entry in Wikipedia is here.



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