Ms.Sunita Williams is the second woman of Indian origin to have been selected by NASA for a space mission after Ms. Kalpana Chawla and the second astronaut of Slovenian heritage after Ronald M. Sega.
Ms. Sunita Williams was the commander of ‘Expedition 33’-the trio which had blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 15th July 2012 to the International Space Station has landed back on earth- northeast of Arkalyk in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 8:56 p.m. on 18th November 2012 .
Ms.Sunita Williams has returned to earth after 127 days in space with a new record of the most spacewalking time by a female at 50 hours and 40 minutes over seven career excursions.
Sunita Williams has logged 322 days during two space flights making her the second on the list of most experienced US female astronauts.
Sunita Williams also holds the record of the longest spaceflight (195 days) for female space travellers.