Sunita Williams excited to watch Olympics from space

Jul 16, 2012, 07:26 IST | Agencies

World famous Indian-American woman astronaut Sunita Williams will be occupied with several other tasks besides working on her space project 'Expedition 32'

Williams along with her crew on Sunday took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Russian spacecraft, Soyuz TMA-05M, for a four-month mission.

Williams’ second journey into space came ahead of the US Presidential polls and the much-awaited sport extravaganza London Olympics 2012. Her spaceflight is not going to keep her away from these events, said the 46-year-old record-setting astronaut.

Ultimate Games: Sunita Williams hinted that she and her other space flyers will hold some sort of competition in space to mark the Olympics. pic/afp

Being a sport enthusiastic herself, Williams will be watching the London Olympics from space, which will commence on July 27.

She remarked that she is excited to watch the London Olympics from the station, while hinting the possibilities of having a sport event up there in space itself.

“I think, we’re going to go beyond, or not cross over country boundaries, because we are already an international crew, so I think we might do something Soyuz crew versus Soyuz crew,” she said.

“I’m looking at some type of relay maybe or something like that. So I think we’re going to have some competition up there. We’ll see what happens.”

Talking about the US general elections, which will go to polls on November 6, Williams said that she would be voting through Voting from space programme.

“We’ll, there’s a program called Voting from Space, we’re working through it right now. I’m a, actually a Florida voter so it, we had to have a little bit more work involved-Texas has already, worked through the process. I will actually be voting from space,” she said. 


Number of days that Sunita Williams was in space, making her the record holder for longest space flight for a woman

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