ISRO Chief S Somanath Confident in Safe Return of Astronaut Sunita Williams from ISS

ISRO Chief S Somanath has assured that the delayed return of astronaut Sunita Williams from the ISS is not a cause for concern.

  • ISRO Chief S Somanath has assured that the delayed return of astronaut Sunita Williams from the ISS is not a cause for concern.
  • The delay is due to testing Boeing’s new crew module, the Starliner, and ensuring its safe return capabilities.
  • Somanath praised Williams for her bravery in testing a new space vehicle and expressed pride in her achievements.

ISRO Chief S Somanath has expressed confidence in the safe return of Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams from the International Space Station (ISS). The delay in her return is attributed to the testing of Boeing’s new crew module, the Starliner, to ensure its safe return capabilities.
Somanath emphasized that the ISS is a safe environment for long-term stays and that Williams’ bravery in testing a new space vehicle is commendable. He stated that the mission’s goal takes precedence over the delay, and Williams’ contributions to the design team are valuable.
The mission is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, aimed at certifying Boeing’s Starliner for routine missions to and from the ISS. Despite the delay, the Expedition 71 crew members have been engaged in various activities, including packing a US cargo craft, cleaning the ISS, and conducting eye exams.
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