Sunita Williams inspires young women in India to take up career in space

STORY: US Astronaut of Indian origin, Sunita Williams, who holds a record for the longest spaceflight by a woman for 195 days, inspired young women in India to take up career in space.

Williams, addressing a gathering of students and teachers in the National Science Centre in New Delhi on Monday (April 01), told youth to follow their dreams despite failures.

US Astronaut Williams said she reached this position because of perseverance and hard work.

The US Navy pilot Williams said that if given an opportunity she would gladly take on another space mission and lend her expertise wherever needed.

Williams said that it is important to inspire the young to take up research in science maths and technology.

“I think that one of the key things that we do is inspire young girls and boys to research science and math and technology to follow in our footsteps of course. Some of the things we are doing also hopefully will just help in general to everybody on earth, some of the research that we are doing as well as show that women and men in any type of profession treating each other with respect and care is the right way to go,” said Williams.

The former station commander has been explaining about the 12.5 million pound hi-tech facilities as part of a fascinating video tour she compiled before returning to earth last November.

Williams lauded the Chinese space programme commending them on their efforts and progress made by them.

“Well I will make one comment about the Chinese, we are very happy for them, and its pretty amazing the things that they have done. That they are able to launch people into space, have a space station, do a space walk, have a first woman into space so congratulations to the Tigernauts and the Chinese space program its pretty impressive so we are very excited for them. I think anybody who is a space traveller is rooting for your space compatriots to be successful and to have a safe flight,” said Williams.

The Indian origin US astronaut answered various questions volleyed at her by students and teacher alike and spoke about many topics including her spiritual beliefs.

Williams would be visiting various states across the country including the commercial capital, Mumbai city to interact with school children and locals.

Sunita Williams is an Indian American astronaut and a United States Navy officer who holds the record for longest space flight by a woman. She has clocked a total of 50 hours and 40 minutes of spacewalk time.