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Sunita missed husband, dog in space

india Updated: Jul 21, 2007 13:48 IST

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Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams on Friday said she missed her husband the most during her 195-day space odyssey.

"You know I love my dad the most but if you ask who I missed most then it's my husband," Williams said from the Johnson Space Center in the US.

"After landing on earth, I was just thinking of meeting my husband and my dog. If I tell that I was missing my dog alone then he will kill me," Williams said while interacting through video conferencing with Indian scientists, journalists and students at the four American Centers in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

Talking about problems she faced soon after returning from her space odyssey, she said: "It took me two weeks to cope. I was feeling pain while putting my leg on earth and moving my backbone.

"After staying for so long in space, I felt as if my neck had grown long. I was like a fish, a bird at the zero gravity International Space Station (ISS).

"Food never spills around, you can eat while flying and there is no question of standing. After staying (so long) in space, I don't know what it feels to walk. I was just flying," said the astronaut, whose father hails from Gujarat.

The astronaut, who ran a marathon on a windmill on board the ISS, said her workout regime in space helped her to cope.

Williams returned to earth on June 23 after spending the longest time ever in space for a woman astronaut. With four excursions in space spread over 29 hours and 17 minutes, she also topped Kathy Thornton's 21-hour record to become the world's most experienced woman space walker.

Sporting a red T-shirt and her hair trimmed, a smiling Williams thanked every single Indian for praying for her safe return.