Warm reception awaits as Sunita Williams heads for Houston
While Williams will arrive in Houston with Hoshide today, her another fellow cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko is returning to a Russian space facility outside Moscow.
Her family, which arrived here on November 18 from Boston, has expressed gratitude for encouragement and prayers by people in India for Sunita's safe return.
"We are happy and thankful to Lord for her successful Mission. We are so very thankful to everyone in India for their encouragement and prayers for their daughter Suni," Williams's father Deepak Pandya said.
"We will meet her at the airport with her husband and family. We went to NASA space center and saw return of three astronauts coming down to earth by Soyuz. We were all joyful to witness Suni's safe return," he said.
Williams, who was commander of Expedition 33 on the International Space Station, returned to earth after 127 days in space with a new record under her belt - the most spacewalking time by a female at 50 hours and 40 minutes over seven career excursions.
She returned home with two space-going colleagues Aki Hoshide of Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule that landed in Kazakhstan yesterday.
Williams logged 322 days during two space flights making her second on the list of most experienced US female astronauts. She also holds the record of longest spaceflight (195
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