Saturday, July 14, 2007



When sky is not the limit

Sunita, at age one Mission Specialist Williams helmeted and ready to practise driving a M-113 armoured personnel carrier.
Mission Specialist Williams helmeted and ready to practise driving a M-113 armoured personnel carrier. óNASA Photo
flanked by sister Dina and brother Jay, at her wedding
Top: Sunita, at age one and (below) flanked by sister Dina and brother Jay, at her wedding.
Sunita and her sister Dina at a wedding in India
Sunita and her sister Dina at a wedding in India

During her sojourn in space that lasted over six months, astronaut Sunita Williams captured the imagination and the hearts of millions worldwide. She set a world record for women for Extravehicular Activity through four spacewalks totalling 29 hours and 17 minutes. Astronaut Sunita Williams: Achiever Extraordinaire by Aradhika Sharma and Capt. S Seshadri captures the saga of an extraordinary woman who has shown tremendous dedication, focus, competitive
 sprit and a "can-do" attitude. As a child she wanted to be a veterinarian.

Her supportive family took pride in her achievements and nurtured her inherent talent and supported her while she worked hard to compete and excel. She reflects the Indian lineage of her father, Dr. Deepak Pandya, a well-regarded neuroanatomist, the European heritage of her mother Ursuline Bonnie Pandya, and the American values of the land that she was born and brought up in.

She has swum in seas, dived deep into oceans; flown in war and on humanitarian missions, blasted off into space, and glided back on earth.

 







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