Monday, July 16, 2012

Indian-American Astronaut to Vote, Watch Olympics From Space Station

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams to vote, watch London Olympics from space

Williams, who blasted off on a Russian rocket for her second space mission on Sunday, is a sports lover and Florida-registered voter.

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Astronaut Sunita Williams of the US gestures before boarding the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on July 15, 2012. (VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)
Sunita Williams, the NASA astronaut who blasted off on a Russian rocket for her second space mission on Sunday, plans to watch the Olympics and cast her vote in the US presidential election from the International Space Station.
The Press Trust of India reported that Williams, 46 — who is of Indian origin but grew up in Massachusetts — Russian Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Akihiko Hoshide began their space journey on a Soyuz rocket which took off successfully from Baikonur cosmodromein Kazakhstan.
A sports lover who swam and ran cross country in the Naval Academy, Williams said that she would catch the London action when she could from the station.




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