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ISRO Chief’s Special Message to Sunita Williams

U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams waits before an examination at the Star City space centre outside Moscow June 20, 2012. Williams is part of a three-man team preparing for a mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for July 15. REUTERS/Sergei Remezov (RUSSIA - Tags: TRANSPORT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR33WWT

In an exclusive interview with NDTV, Dr. S Somanath, the head of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), addressed concerns over the delayed return of Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams from the International Space Station (ISS). Dr. Somanath emphasized that while the delay should not cause undue worry, it underscores the rigorous testing required for new space vehicles.

“The delayed return of astronauts like Sunita Williams should not be cause for alarm,” Dr. Somanath reassured. “The ISS is a secure environment with robust support systems in place for extended stays.”

Regarding the recent delay of the Boeing Starliner’s return mission, Dr. Somanath highlighted the critical need for new spacecraft like the Starliner to prove their reliability in both outbound and return journeys.

“The focus is on ensuring that spacecraft such as the Starliner can perform consistently and safely,” Dr. Somanath explained. “This is crucial for future missions and the safety of astronauts.”

Expressing pride in Sunita Williams’ achievements, Dr. Somanath praised her bravery in pioneering new space vehicles and her invaluable contributions to spacecraft design.

“We are immensely proud of Sunita Williams,” Dr. Somanath remarked. “Her courage and expertise are exemplary, and her experiences contribute significantly to our spacecraft development efforts.”

Dr. Somanath also expressed openness to collaboration with Williams and other experts, emphasizing that space exploration is a global endeavor aimed at benefiting all of humanity.

“The Indian space program welcomes collaboration and input from all quarters,” Dr. Somanath stated. “Space exploration transcends national boundaries, and we are open to leveraging expertise for the greater good.”

In conclusion, Dr. Somanath extended his best wishes for Sunita Williams’ safe return and looked forward to her continued contributions to advancing space exploration

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