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Sunita Williams Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography

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Husband: Michael J. Williams
Age: 58 Years
Hometown: Needham, Massachusetts

Sunita Lyn Williams

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Birth nameSunita Lyn Pandya
Full nameSunita Lyn Williams
NicknameSuni
Profession(s)Navy Officer, Astronaut
Famous forBeing the second American woman with an Indian heritage to fly to space
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)5' 8" (173 cm)
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 65 kg
in pounds- 143 lbs
Eye ColourHazel Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Military Service
Service/BranchUnited States Navy
RankCaptain
Service YearsMay 1987-present
StreamNaval Aviation
NASA Career
Service YearsJune 1998-present
Missions with designation• Flight engineer on Expeditions 14/15 with STS-116 (9 December 2006 - 22 June 2007)
• Flight engineer and commander on Expedition 32/33 with Soyuz TMA-05M (14 July 2012 - 18 November 2012)
Sunita Williams with her Expedition 32 and 33 crew members, Akihiko Hoshide and Yuri Malenchenko
• Test pilots on Boeing Crew Flight Test (CFT) mission (April 2024)
Sunita Williams training for Boeing CFT
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vishwa Pratibha Award (2007)
• Padma Bhushan, Government of India (2008)
Sunita Williams recieving Padma Bhushan from Consul General of India SM Gavai on 25 June 2008
• Medal “For Merit in Space Exploration,” Government of Russia (2011)
• Honorary Doctorate, Gujarat Logical University (2013)
• Golden Order for Merits, Government of Slovenia (2013)
• ASEF Lifetime Achievement Award (2020)
• Navy Commendation medal (twice)
• Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
• Humanitarian Service Medal
• National Defense Service Medal
• NASA Spaceflight Medal
• Legion of Merit
• DSSM (twice)
Personal Life
Date of Birth19 September 1965 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2023)58 Years
BirthplaceEuclid, Ohio, USA
Zodiac signVirgo
SignatureSunita Williams' signature
NationalityAmerican
HometownNeedham, Massachusetts, USA
SchoolNeedham High School, Needham, Massachusetts (1983)
College/University• United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
• Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida
Educational Qualification(s)• Bachelor’s degree in physical science from the United States Naval Academy (1987)
• M.S. in engineering management from the Florida Institute of Technology (1995)
ReligionHinduism [1]The Times of India
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
HobbiesRunning, Swimming, Biking, Triathlons, Windsurfing, Snowboarding, Bow hunting
Tattoo(s)On her left forearm; Tattoos of paws
Sunita Williams' tattoos
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsMichael J. Williams (federal police officer)
Family
Husband/SpouseMichael J. Williams (federal police officer)
ParentsFather- Deepak Pandya (deceased) (Neuroanatomist)
Sunita Williams with her father
Mother- Bonnie (Zalokar) Pandya (Entrepreneurship Co-ordinator at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA)
Sunita Williams (right) with her mother
SiblingsBrother- Jay Thomas (Works at Johns Hopkins Medicine International)
Sunita Williams' brother, Jay Thomas
Sister- Dina Pandya (Worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.)
Sunita Williams with her sister, Dina Pandya
Sunita Williams with her family
Favourites
SnackSamosa
SweetsSukhdi and magas na laadu (Gujarati Sweets)
SubjectScience
SportSwimming
Baseball TeamBoston Red Sox

Sunita Williams

Some Lesser Known Facts About Sunita Williams

  • Sunita Williams’ paternal family belongs to Jhulasan village in the Mehsana district in Gujarat, India.
  •  She enjoyed athletic activities as a child and participated in long-distance swimming competitions in both high school and college.

    Sunita Williams (second from left) at a swimming competition

    Sunita Williams (second from left) at a swimming competition

  • Sunita Williams met Michael J. Williams at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1987. The couple dated for a while before marrying each other.
  • After graduating as a Naval Test pilot in December 1993, she flew 30 different aircraft and logged more than 2,770 hours as a test pilot instructor.

    Sunita Williams in USNA, class of 87

    Sunita Williams in USNA, class of 87

  • She received training in robotics and other ISS operational technologies in Moscow while working with the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) in 1998.
  • She is the former record holder for most spacewalks by a woman which is seven.
  • Williams has three dogs named Gunner, Bailey, and Rotor and many chickens. On 12 November 2010, her pet Jack Russell Terrier ‘Gorby’ (deceased) appeared on the “Dog Whisperer” television show on the National Geographic Channel.

    Sunita Williams with her dog Gorby

    Sunita Williams with her dog Gorby

  • She participated in the Boston Marathon and ran 42.2 km (26.2 miles) on the space treadmill at ISS in 2007.
  • Sunita Williams’ mother, Bonnie Pandya, wrote a book about her dog Gorby, who died while she was in space.
  • Williams carried a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, a small figurine of the Hindu deity Ganesha, and some samosas on Expeditions 14 and 15 in 2006.
  • Sunita Williams donated her ponytail to the Locks of Love (a non-profit organisation) while she was aboard Expedition 14 and 15; the ponytail was brought back to earth by the STS-116 crew.
  • In September 2007, she was awarded the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vishwa Pratibha Award by the World Gujarati Society, making her the first person of Indian origin who is not an Indian citizen to be given this award. She also visited her ancestral village, Jhulsana, Gujarat during this trip.
  • She carried a small painting of Lord Shiva on Expedition 32/33 in 2012.
  • Amul, an Indian MNC, created a special ad to celebrate Sunita Williams’ return to Earth after 4 months in space in 2012.

    Amul's ad for Sunita William

    Amul’s ad for Sunita William

  • She took part in the triathlon held at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in Southern California from space in 2012. She swam half a mile, ran 4 miles, and cycled for 8 miles, using equipment such as a stationary bike, treadmill, and strength resistance training machine.
  • A school was built and named after her in 2019, replacing the aged-out Hillside Elementary School, which Williams attended as a kid in Needham, Massachusetts, USA.

    Sunita Williams attending the dedication ceremony for her namesake school in Needham, Massachusetts

    Sunita Williams attending the dedication ceremony for her namesake school in Needham, Massachusetts

  • She is a member of many organisations including the Society of Experimental, Test Pilots Society of Flight Test Engineers, and the American Helicopter Association.
  • Sunita Williams holds the record for a total spacewalk of 50 hours and 40 minutes by a woman. She also ranks 8th on the list of most experienced spacewalkers.
  • Sunita Williams attended the prestigious state dinner in Washington, DC, hosted by US President Joe Biden in honour of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2023, where she met other esteemed guests like Anand Mahindra, Mukesh Ambani, and Vrinda Kapoor.

  • After several years of delay of Boeing’s Starliner first crewed space mission, it was reported that the mission would be launched in June 2024, and Sunita Williams would fly into space for a third time. Butch Wilmore was also reported to accompany Williams on Boeing’s Starliner spaceship.
  • On 6 June 2024, she became the first woman to pilot and test a new crewed spacecraft on its first journey. After arriving at the International Space Station (ISS), she celebrated her third trip to the ISS with a joyful dance.
    Watch: Sunita Williams dances upon reaching International Space Station  after Starliner mission - Times of India

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