Sunita Williams in INDIA


“I am following the footsteps of Kalpana Chawla…. the legacy of Kalpana…. we want to continue the legacy…,” Sunita Williams said.

Visited to Delhi:Mahatma Gandhi was an incredible individual. His non-violence policy affects every sphere of our life. The whole world has to learn a lot from him,” she said interacting with students of a school in Delhi on the 138th birth anniversary of the father of the nation.

Williams said “Gandhiji had always preached for peace and non-violence and she was proud to be part of a peaceful scientific space project”.

she said she took Indian culture to space as her father hailed from India.

She had carried a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, a small statue of Lord Ganesh and a letter written in Hindi by her father Deepak Pandya and some samosas in space with her.

Williams said she would be happy to see Indian astronauts going to the space and asked the students to study subjects like science and mathematics.

Sunita Williams visited her native village in (Jhulasan)Gujarat :

People of Jhulasan village, William’s father’s ancestral village, welcomed her with true Gujarati customs putting up folk dances.
William said “I think anybody out there– all you children– I hope you don’t feel limited by anything. You have all the opportunities in the world,” while interacting with children of the village.

Williams’ father, Dipak Pandya was a practicing doctor in the small town of Junagarh before migrating to the US. Sunita Williams was born in 1965 in Ohio, and is now married and lives in Massachusetts.

Williams is married to Michael J. Williams, a Federal Police Officer in Oregon. The two have been married for over 16 years.

Military career:
She received her commission as an ensign in the US Navy from the US Naval Academy in May 1987. She was designated a Naval Aviator in 1989, and graduated from the Naval Test Pilot School in 1993.
NASA career:
Selected by NASA in June 1998, Williams began her training in August 1998. Her Astronaut Candidate training included orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques

Sunita Williams

Records in Space:
She has logged 29 hours and 17 minutes in four space walks, eclipsing the record held by Kathryn C. Thornton for most spacewalk time by a woman.
she has logged another record of 195-day stay in space.

On April 16 2007, she ran the first marathon by an astronaut in orbit. Williams finished the Boston Marathon in four hours and 24 minutes . The other crew members reportedly cheered her on and gave her oranges during the race. Williams’ sister, Dina Pandya, and fellow astronaut Karen L. Nyberg ran the marathon on Earth, and Williams received updates on their progress from Mission Control.

In 2007 She has honored by Padma Bhushan by Indian Government, Padma Bhushan is second highest civilian award.


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  1. Rahul
    July 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Three cheers to Sunita.

  2. Doug Winston
    August 7, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Hello CDR Williams,
    I truly do not believe in chat log. However, As usual, the Bos’n is still in Virginia trying to keep up with the true valor sailors who have acted upon thier life goals. Truly you are an inspiration to us all. Keep up the good works and maybe, somday, we will greet each other with an AVIATION Boatswainmate salute, Saipan LHA-2 style.
    Doug Winston
    CWO4 Retired

  3. yugma patel
    June 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    hey my name is yugma patel and i want to be an astronaut and you will see i will be an astronaut.

    • sangeetha
      December 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

      if you will become an astronomer then plsssssss tell me the way and sourse for to enter the space side.i’m studying B.Tech final year.

  4. josna
    September 9, 2009 at 4:58 am

    I love astronomy.Iwould like to be an anstronant

    September 29, 2009 at 6:15 am

    I am a school teacher . I live in kolkata,west bengal, India .
    After her successful comeback to earth I started to further study in my subject- Geography. Now i have qualify the SET(State Eligibility Test) and NET(National Eligibility Test). I think within some months i will join to a collage as a prof. of Geography. So today i can admit that SUNITA WILLAMS is my inspiration.

  6. kanimozhi
    October 1, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    hai…iam kani.iam studying B.E.I love astronomy.I want to become astronaut.I admit that kalpana chawla and sunita willams is my inspiration.

  7. April 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    hai this is mithra. iam reading this article for my best friend sangavi who wants to be an astronaut. even though i want to be agreat pilot i also want her to be agreat astronaut and i ca n provide her with this inspiring wishes to all the people above to become an indian astonaut

  8. July 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Hai Iam dhanashri my dream is to be a studying the great stories of Sunita williams,Kalpana chawla iam exciting about astronaut.It is my dream and I will try for it.

  9. Dhirendra kumar
    July 28, 2010 at 10:55 am


    I am a trainer of life and personality development and wanna be reach through ut India. .As a trainer i always use the life history of sunita williams and kalpana chawla……they are all time inspiration for all ……we are proud to have them in our country…..

  10. Tom Brown
    April 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Sunny has been honored in a new SCI-FI novel by Jayce Grayson. In XIANNE: A COMEDY OF CULTURES, available at, the main settlement on THE MOON is called SUNITA and is referred to many times. Also the “Sunitans” participate annually in THE BOSTON MARATHON, running it on treadmills…

  11. s.gayathri
    July 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

    hai am gayu .iam studying BE. i like astronomy. I like kalpana chawla and sunitha williams.

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