Sunita Williams became the second woman in history to take command of ISS

Tue 18 Sep 2012

Sunita Williams, the astronaut of Indian American origin, took over the command of International Space Station on 15 September 2012. As per the reports released by NASA, in the traditional ceremony of change-of-command, Expedition 33 Sunita Williams took over the command from Expedition 32 Commander Gennady Padalka in the Destiny Laboratory.

Before this on 6 September 2012, Sunita Williams booked a record for total cumulative spacewalk time of 44 hours and 2 minutes by a woman astronaut with her sixth walk in the space for repairing a faulty unit of power distribution.  In the spacewalk of 6 hours and 28 minutes, she used a wire brush made using a spare cable and a toothbrush for repairing the unit.

Sunita Williams is accompanied with Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide and Russia’s Yury Malenchenko on the International Space Station.

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