By Neha Yadav
Published Jun 13, 2024

Hindustan Times

Photo Credits: PTI

Sunita Williams: A glance into NASA's Indian-origin astronaut's illustrious career

NASA's Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams is onboard the International Space Station (ISS) with eight other crew members. 

Williams entered the space station after opening the Boeing Space Starliner hatch. The astronaut was joyous to join the team. Take a look.

Here's a glance at the astronaut's illustrious space career.

Sunita Williams was selected as an astronaut in June 1998. After undergoing the Candidate Training and Evaluation, Williams worked in Moscow with the Russian Space Agency's first Expedition Crew.

The Indian-American astronaut was launched with the crew of STS-116 in 2006.

Sunita Williams is the second female astronaut on the list of total cumulative spacewalk time, after Peggy Whitson.

She achieved the feat onboard STS-116 with four spacewalks totaling 29 hours and 17 minutes.

Williams launched from Kazakhstan and joined the NASA team onboard the ISS in 2012. 

She spent four months conducting research and exploration aboard the orbiting laboratory and landed in Kazakhstan after 127 days in space.

Williams has spent a cumulative total of 322 days in space.