Sunita Williams among 9 astronauts to board in spacecraft


NASA has announced the final name of astronauts who will be a part of the first missions into space on commercially provided rockets and capsules and Indian-origin US astronaut Sunita Williams is among the nine.

The spacecraft is originally developed by Elon Musk-owned SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and global aviation firm Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, as part of the US space agency’s Commercial Crew programme to send humans to the ISS on private US spacecraft.

According to NASA’s official website, Williams is currently undergoing training session for the post-certification mission of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft.

Williams has earlier aboard International Space Station (ISS) twice. She also holds the record for total spacewalks by a woman astronaut.

Reportedly, Williams and her crew mates are working closely with Boeing along with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon to develop a new spacecraft, which will provide round-trip crew transportation services to the International Space Station. The first test flight scheduled to take place in the middle of 2019.

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