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Sunita Williams, a seasoned astronaut on her third space mission, considers the International Space Station (ISS) her "home" away from Earth. This article explores the idea of home for astronauts who spend extended durations in space, highlighting the camaraderie and familiarity astronauts experience on the ISS. Williams's recent mission also marked the first crewed flight of the Boeing Starliner spacecraft, where her expertise played a vital role.

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Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams isn't a stranger to space travel. On her third trip aboard the Boeing Starliner spacecraft, Williams referred to the International Space Station (ISS) as her "home" in space. This sentiment highlights the unique experiences of astronauts who spend extended periods living and working in orbit.

 

While the ISS is a marvel of human engineering, it's also a confined environment millions of kilometers from Earth. For Williams, the familiarity of the station and the camaraderie likely contribute to her feeling of being at home. 

 

This mission marked the first crewed flight of the Starliner capsule and Williams's extensive experience was valuable asset. She played a key role in piloting the spacecraft and and is now contributing to important scientific research onboard the ISS. 


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