Astronaut Sunita Williams created history, flew to space for the third time


Houston. Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams left for space for the third time with another colleague on Wednesday. With this, both of them made history by becoming the first members to go to the International Space Station in Boeing Company’s Starliner spacecraft. Boeing’s ‘Crew Flight Test Mission’ carrying Williams and Butch Wilmore took off from Florida’s ‘Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’ after several delays.

Williams also made history as the first woman to go on such a mission. During a trip to the International Space Station in 2012, Williams became the first person to complete a ‘triathlon’ in space.

Williams joined the US Navy in May 1987 after training at the US Naval Academy. Williams was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1998 and was a part of two space missions – Expedition 14/15 in 2006 and Expedition 32/33 in 2012. She served as a flight engineer on Expedition 32 and then as commander of Expedition 33.

Boeing’s Crew Flight Test Mission was delayed for several years due to failures in spacecraft development. Williams and Wilmore’s journey is expected to take 25 hours. The spacecraft will arrive at the space station on Thursday.

They will spend more than a week aboard the orbiting laboratory and will then reboard the Starliner spacecraft for their return on June 14, landing in a remote desert in the western US.

FIRST PUBLISHED : June 5, 2024, 23:34 IST

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