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About Sunita Williams

Sunita Williams (born September 19, 1965) is an India-born United States Naval officer and a NASA astronaut. She was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14 and then joined Expedition 15. She holds the record of the longest spaceflight (195 days) for female space travelers. She was selected to appear on the Colbert Report to announce the name for Node 3 of the ISS.

Professional Biography

As an Astronaut

Sunita is considered an inspirational force for Indian women who began to show enthusiasm to enter into armed forces such as the BSF.

Sunita Williams Achiever Extraordinaire is the book written by Sunita Williams from space. The book was published by Rupa & Co.

In July 2010, NASA selected her to be on the crew for one of the four new ISS crews.

Ranking / Recognition / Awards / Nominations / Postive comments

Visit to India - September / October 2007

In September 07, Sunita arrived in India, months after completing her successful expedition aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Her hometown and ancestral home in Jhulasan village in North Gujarat's Mehsana District got well decorated and looked forward to welcoming her. She shared her experiences with school children in Ahmedabad.

Sunita offered flowers at Rajghat and paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 138th birth anniversary. She called on Indian President Pratibha Patil at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 4, 2007.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said that Williams is a role model for Indian children and a source of inspiration for women in the country.

Sunita said that Mahatma Gandhi realised the significance of protecting Earth without travelling to space.

She arrived at Ahmedabad, shared her experience with the students of Gujarat and later participated at the 58th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India.

Her family and relatives celebrated her birthday with fanfare in Gujarat in September 07. Sunita Williams became a poular theme for the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations of 2007.

Sunita Williams Scholarships for Higher Education in Space (SWISHES)

On October 1, 2007, Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said the Indian Government will finance ten scholarships to promote outer space study - five for girls and five for boys, to promote study of outer space. The scholarship will be named after Williams.

Sunita Williams in News

Florida Tech Involvement Key in Orion Program
MELBOURNE, FL--(Marketwired - February 09, 2015) - More than a dozen Florida Institute of Technology students, faculty and alumni are working on Orion and the Space Launch System propulsion system as Florida Tech continues to play a vital role in the United States' evolving space programs.

Judge Sri Srinivasan, India Abroad Person of the Year 2013
Srikanth Srinivasan, the first South Asian origin federal judge in the United States, is the India Abroad Person of the Year 2013.   Judge Sri catapulted into greatness when, as an Assistant to the Solicitor General, he became the first Indian American to argue before the US Supreme Court in November 2002

India Abroad Celebrates Indian-American Triumph at Glittering Event
Achievements in Politics, Public Service, Genius, Civil Liberties, Lifetime Service heralded at India Abroad Person of the Year Awards In a year of countless accomplishments, India Abroad for the first time chose two Indian-American icons as its India Abroad Person of the Year

Sunita Williams displays Indian flag in ISS on eve of Independence Day
Sunita Williams displays the tricolour flag and says she is proud to be part of India

Preet Bharara, the Prosecutor who makes Wall Street Tremble, is the India Abroad Person of the Year 2011
Preet Bharara -- the first Indian-American US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the highest ranking Indian-American law enforcement officer in the Diaspora experience and the man who makes Wall Street tremble -- is the India Abroad Person of the Year 2011

Russian Soyuz space capsule docks at International Space Station
Russian Space Capsule carrying Sunita Williams, Yuri Malenchenko and Akihiko Hoshide reaches ISS early Tuesday.

Sunita Williams takes off on Soyuz on mission to Space Station
Soyuz spacecraft launches into space on mission to International Space Station. Sunita Williams makes her second voyage into space

Sunita Williams headed back to space in July
Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams will be returning to the International Space Station, where she spent a record six months in 2006, in July.

Aron Govil Named among 25 Most Influential Indians in North America
Aron Govil was named among the top twenty five (25) Most Influential Indians in North America by Global Indian Origin (GIO) organization of India in its latest publication.

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