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Sunita Williams set for odyssey space

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December 1st, 2006

Indian-American astronaut, Sunita Williams, is all set to go into space on December 7 with National Aeronautics and Space Administration clearing space shuttle Discovery for its first night time launch in four years.

Flight engineer Williams will join six other crew as Discovery lifts off at 9:36 pm on December 7 in the third launch of the year and the fourth since the Columbia disaster killed seven astronauts including Indianborn Kalpana Chawla in 2003.

“There were really no dissenting opinions on the night launch,” said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator on Wednesday announcing the launch plans for the 20th flight to the International Space Station on a 12-day mission.The announcement followed a twoday flight readiness review at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida typically conducted two weeks prior to the opening of the launch window for each space shuttle mission.

The group thoroughly evaluates all activities and elements necessary for the safe and successful performance of shuttle mission operations including the readiness of the vehicle, flight crew and payloads. The launch window for the STS-116 mission opens on December 7 and extends through December 17. The seven-member flight crew will arrive for launch at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility the afternoon of December 3.

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