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Live Space Broadcast: Sunita Williams Highlights Earth's Special Nature


June 12 :
While on board the International Space Station (ISS), Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams gave a live session in which she stressed how unique and vulnerable Earth is. The first crewed test flight of the Boeing Starliner was piloted by Williams and astronaut Butch Wilmore.
During a question and answer session at the White House, Williams stressed that Earth is the sole known dwelling place for humans. The session was conducted by Chirag Parikh, Deputy Assistant to President Joe Biden and Executive Secretary for the White House’s National Space Council.

It's simply Earth. We only have that. "We all live on this one planet, and that fact alone brings us together as a species," she continued, emphasising the importance of international collaboration in protecting our home.

“Humans orbiting the planet is just a miracle,” Williams said, emphasising the seriousness of space travel. To pull that off, you need millions of individual components.

As a demonstration of the commitment and creativity behind the Starliner mission, the session sought to pique the public's curiosity about space and bring attention to the significance of American space initiatives. The astronauts were praised by Parikh, who said, "Your bravery in taking this inaugural test flight... demonstrates the ingenuity and bravery that deepens American leadership in space."

When asked about her pivotal role, Williams—the first Asian American and first woman to pilot a spacecraft on its inaugural mission—emphasized the significance of diversity and persistence.

Who you are and your background don't matter as long as you can get the task done. And I dare you to go for your ambitions, no matter where you come from," she said, urging young people to follow their passions.

The 58-year-old astronaut reflected on her time in space and related a life-changing event from her first flight as well as the wonder of viewing Earth from orbit. Williams continued by discussing the physiological demands of space travel and the necessary adjustments for astronauts.

To make sure astronauts can acclimatise to Earth's gravity when they return, she described the training equipment used on the ISS to keep muscular strength and bone density up. Finally, she said, "Life on Earth is really the best thing ever," expressing her joy at having had the opportunity to live in space but also her desire to return home. The latest date that NASA has given on X is June 18, which is the anticipated landing time in the New Mexico desert for the crew.