Monday, December 11, 2006

Another Kalpana Chawla?

Will she be next Kalpana Chawla in bringing Indians pride?Another Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams, is all set to go into space on December 7 with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) clearing space shuttle Discovery for its first night time launch in four years.
Flight engineer Williams will join six other crew as Discovery lifts off at 9:36 pm on December 7 in the third launch of the year and the fourth since the Columbia disaster killed seven astronauts including Indian-born Kalpana Chawla in 2003.
Williams has worked within the Robotics branch on the ISS Robotic Arm and the follow on Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator. As a NEEMO2 crew member she lived underwater in the Aquarius habitat for nine days.NASA required the three launches after the Columbia accident to be in daylight so clear images could be taken of the space shuttle's external fuel tank in case foam falls off it.

We wish her a good success and fame.

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