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Education

Bachelor of Science degree in physical science from the United States Naval Academy in 1987.

Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology in 1995

Story of life

Williams has declared herself to be a devotee of Hindu god Ganesha and carried the Hindu holy book Bhagavad Gita during space flights.[28][29] She is a member of Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

Williams is married to Michael J. Williams, a Federal police officer in Oregon. The two have been married for more than 20 years, and both flew helicopters in the early days of their careers.

She has a pet Jack Russell Terrier named Gorby who was featured with her on the Dog Whisperer television show on the National Geographic Channel on November 12, 2010. In 2012, Williams expressed a desire to adopt a girl from Ahmadabad.

Famous for

Sunita Lyn “Suni” Williams[1] (born September 19, 1965) is an American astronaut and United States Navy officer of Indian-Slovenian descent. She holds the records for total spacewalks by a woman (seven)[2] and most spacewalk time for a woman (50 hours, 40 minutes).[3][4] Williams was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14 and Expedition 15. In 2012, she served as a flight engineer on Expedition 32 and then commander of Expedition 33.

Achievements

Williams began her Astronaut Candidate training at the Johnson Space Center in August 1998.

Williams was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) with STS-116, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, on December 9, 2006, to join the Expedition 14 crew.

On April 16, 2007, she ran the first marathon by any person in space.[15] Williams finished the 2007 Boston Marathon in four hours and 24 minutes .

Awards

Navy Commendation Medal

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

National Defense Service Medal

NASA Spaceflight Medal

Medal “For Merit in Space Exploration”, Government of Russia (2011)

Padma Bhushan, Government of India (25 June 2008)

Honorary Doctorate, Gujarat Technological University (2013)

Golden Order for Merits, Government of Slovenia (20 May 2013)