When sky is not the
Mission Specialist Williams helmeted and ready to practise driving a M-113 armoured personnel carrier. óNASA Photo
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
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
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.