Hundreds of visitors turned up to catch a glimpse of Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams who visited Chembur on Wednesday to inaugurate a new section of a working women's hostel.
Wiiliams, a US Navy pilot who has spent a total of almost 322 days in space in seven missions, created records during her sixth spacewalk and has done 50 hours and 40 minutes of spacewalking. She is the only woman and Indian-American astronaut after Kalpana Chawla to go into space.
“The level of women empowerment in the country is worth praising. And also, I am remarkably impressed to see the progress in India’s aero-space department,” said Williams at the Indian Council of Social Welfare (ICSW) hostel. Williams also encouraged the kids to follow their dreams and harness their potential.
After her last visit to India in 2007, Wlliams started her 2013 India trip from New Delhi on Monday, where she interacted with students at the National Science Centre.
She plans to end her India trip by visiting Gujarat along with an excursion to her native village in Mehsana
district where she will be meeting members of her fathers’ family.