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Thursday, September 21, 2006

From Needham to outer space

NEEDHAM

Astronaut Sunita Lyn Williams is gearing up to go on a mission to the International Space Station. Indians are excited because the American astronaut will be only the second woman of Indian origin to go into space.

But who does Williams credit for her success? The answer may be surprising.

Williams told the Times of India that she was motivated by her schoolteachers in Needham as a child.

She will spend six months at the ISS, until the summer of 2007. She will be part of NASA's 14th expedition as a flight engineer.

-- Erica Tochin

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