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Astronaut's sister is confident that she's safe

Posted by Martin Finucane June 15, 2007 05:56 PM

NEEDHAM

The sister of astronaut Sunita Williams says she trusts that Williams will return home safely next week from the international space station, despite the problems that have cropped up in the mission.

Dina Pandya of Falmouth says she spoke with her sister this morning, and her sister assured her that "everyone's working on it."

Williams, a Needham native, has been up in the space station waiting for a ride back on the space shuttle Atlantis. But during the launch of the shuttle, a thermal blanket which shields the shuttle from heat on re-entry peeled back.

Then on Tuesday, several computers on the space station began crashing.

Astronauts undertook a space walk today to staple down the blanket, while efforts were under way to solve the computer issues.

"I feel confident that she's totally safe and that the problems are being taken care of," said Pandya.

-- Kyle Alspach

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