Sunita Williams among 4 astronauts chosen to fly NASA’s first commercial space vehicle (Download PDF)


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Indian-American Sunita Williams is among four veteran astronauts who has been chosen by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to fly the first commercial space vehicles. Robert Behnken, Eric Boe and Douglas Hurley are three other who will be trained and prepared for commercial space flights of Boeing Company and SpaceX to provide low-Earth orbit transportation services to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

  • They will also be part of NASA’s ambitious plan of human landing on Mars by 2030. It will open up low-Earth orbit transportation to the private sector and help US be once again self-reliant in space travel, as they are currently dependent on Russia.
  • Sunita Williams was born on 19 September 1965. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) had selected Williams for the astronaut programme in 1998.
  • Earlier, she was a US Navy captain and was a helicopter pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours experience in more than 30 different aircraft.
  • At present, she ranks 6th on the all-time US endurance list and 2nd all-time for a female astronaut and holds the world records for most spacewalk time i. e. 50 hours, 40 minutes by a woman astronaut and most spacewalks by a woman astronaut (seven times).

- Published/Last Modified on: July 14, 2015

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