Sunita Williams heading back to space for her second space expedition
Indian-American NASA astronaut Sunita Williams is heading to the International Space Station (ISS) for her second space voyage here she spent a record six months in 2006. The launch will take off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Sunita is a Indian origin astronaut and the holder of the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman.
Sunita, daughter of an Indian American father from Gujarat and a Slovenian mother, is currently undergoing some last minute preparations for the Sunday launch. She will be a flight engineer on the station's Expedition 32 with Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. She has been assigned as the next commander of the ISS and on reaching the space station, she will take over of Expedition 33. The astronauts are scheduled to return in November.