Sunita Williams hoists tricolour in space

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A still from video: Sunita Williams displaying
 tricolour on board ISS
New Delhi: Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams hoisted the tricolour in the space shuttle to celebrate India’s Independence Day.

While displaying the national flag, on board the International Space Station Sunita wished India and its citizen for the Independence Day.

"I wish India a very happy Independence Day for its Independence Day... India is a wonderful country and I am very proud to be a part of India," she said in her wishing.

Williams, 46, said she was proud to a part of this celebration.

“I am half Indian. My father is from Gujarat. So, I am familiar with culture and customs of India. I am so proud to a part of this (Independence Day) celebration," Williams said displaying India's national flag.

Williams, along with Yuri Malenchenko of Russia and Japan's Akihiko Hoshide left for the ISS aboard a Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-05M on July 15 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The unique celebration of the 65th anniversary of India's independence in the International Space Station was reportedly the brainchild of Varinder Bhalla, producer and director of the program and Sunita has expressed thank to him.  
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