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Sunita Williams reached the space station at 11:03 pm on Thursday night. During this, she expressed her happiness by dancing. - Dainik Bhaskar

Sunita Williams reached the space station at 11:03 pm on Thursday night. During this, she expressed her happiness by dancing.

Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams, who went on a space trip for the third time on Boeing's spacecraft, was seen dancing as soon as she reached the International Space Station (ISS). Here she hugged all the other astronauts.

The video of Sunita arriving at the ISS is rapidly going viral. In this, a bell is heard ringing when she reaches the space station. Actually, it is the tradition of the ISS that whenever a new astronaut reaches there, the other astronauts welcome him by ringing the bell.

Sunit Williams called the members of the ISS her second family. She said, “ISS is like a second home for me.” She also thanked all the astronauts for the wonderful welcome.

Sunita Williams and Butch Wilmore hugged the astronauts aboard the ISS.

Sunita Williams and Butch Wilmore hugged the astronauts aboard the ISS.

Starliner spacecraft reached ISS 26 hours after launch
The spacecraft of Indian-origin astronauts Sunita Williams and Butch Wilmore reached the space station at 11:03 pm on Thursday, 26 hours after launch. It was supposed to reach at 9:45 pm on Thursday, but due to a problem in the reaction control thruster, it could not dock in the first attempt. However, in the second attempt, the spacecraft was successful in docking with the space station.

Both astronauts have become the first astronauts to go to space from Boeing's Starliner spacecraft. Boeing's Starliner mission was launched on Wednesday, June 5 at 8:22 pm Indian time. It was launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on ULA's Atlas V rocket.

Wilmore and Williams will stay in the space station for about a week to test the Starliner spacecraft and all its systems. Sunita also helped design Boeing's spacecraft SUV-Starliner. This spacecraft can carry 7 crew members. After the spacecraft was built, Sunita Williams named it Calypso.

If the mission is successful, NASA will have 2 spacecraft for the first time
If this mission is successful, for the first time in history, America will have 2 spacecrafts to send astronauts into space. Currently, America only has the Dragon spacecraft of Elon Musk's company SpaceX. NASA gave the contract to SpaceX and Boeing to make the spacecraft in 2014. SpaceX has already made it 4 years ago.

Know Starline's journey from Earth to Space Station and back to Earth in 9 points

  • The Atlas V rocket launched. 15 minutes later, it released the Starliner spacecraft. The spacecraft's engines fired and it settled into orbit for a nearly 24-hour journey to the space station.
  • Starliner docked at the forward port of the Harmony module. During their stay, the crew will go inside Starliner, close the hatch and demonstrate that the spacecraft can serve as a safe haven in the future, such as a risk of collision with debris.
  • Wilmore and Williams will live and work with the Expedition 71 crew for about a week before returning to Earth. After undocking, manual piloting of the Starliner will be assessed. The crew will spend about 6 hours from undocking to landing.
  • During reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, the spacecraft will begin to slow down to a speed of 28,000 Km/hour. During this time the crew may feel a load of up to 3.5 g. After reentry, the heat shield on the front of the spacecraft will be removed to protect the parachute system.
  • Two drag and three main parachutes will further slow the Starliner. The base heat shield will deploy, exposing the dual airbag system. 6 primary airbags will deploy at the base of the capsule. These will act as cushions during landing.
  • The spacecraft will travel at a speed of about 6 kilometres per hour during landing. Possible landing locations include Wilcox in Arizona and Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. Edwards Air Force Base in California is available as an emergency landing site.
  • After touchdown, the crew will remove the parachutes, turn off the spacecraft's power and Mission Control will contact the landing and recovery teams via a satellite phone call. The recovery team will erect a tent around the Starliner and pump cool air into the spacecraft.
  • The Starliner's hatch will open and, less than an hour after landing, the two astronauts will go into a medical vehicle for a health check and then board a helicopter to reach NASA's aircraft, which will take them to Houston's Ellington Field.
  • Following landing and successful recovery, NASA will complete work to certify the spacecraft as an operational crew system for missions to the space station. Missions following certification are expected to begin in 2025.

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