Sunita Williams Set for Third Space Mission on Boeing’s Starliner

Preeti Bali / 1:05 pm / April 26, 2024

Sunita Williams, a seasoned astronaut of Indian origin, is gearing up for her third spaceflight. She will be joining Butch Wilmore on NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test, the first crewed mission for the Starliner spacecraft. The mission is scheduled to launch on May 6th.

Starliner’s Maiden Crewed Mission

This flight marks a significant milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The mission will put the Starliner spacecraft through its paces, evaluating its entire operational system. This includes launch, docking with the International Space Station (ISS), and a safe return to Earth at a landing site in the western United States. A successful crewed test flight will pave the way for final certification of Starliner for regular crew missions to the ISS.

Williams’ Illustrious Spacefaring Career

Sunita Williams, selected by NASA in 1998, boasts an impressive track record of two prior space missions – Expeditions 14/15 and 32/33.

Expedition 14/15: A Record-Breaking Mission

During Expedition 14/15, which lasted from December 2006 to June 2007, Williams served as the flight engineer. Notably, she concluded her mission as part of Expedition 15, setting a world record for female astronauts with four spacewalks, totaling nearly 30 hours. This record was later surpassed by Astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2008.

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