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Astronaut Sunita Williams' is back From Space lagged Due To Spacecraft Glitches

NASA has confirmed that Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams' return from the International Space Station (ISS) has hit another delay, with no new landing date set yet. This delay stems from ongoing issues with the Boeing Starliner spacecraft, which transported her to the ISS. Williams and her fellow astronaut Butch Wilmore are safe aboard the ISS, along with seven other crew members.

Originally scheduled for a possible 10-day mission, Williams' stay has been extended due to challenges with the spacecraft's propulsion and helium leaks. Despite initial plans for a June 14 return, followed by a rescheduled date of June 26, both dates have been postponed indefinitely.

"NASA and Boeing are adjusting the return plans for the Starliner Crew Flight Test spacecraft," stated a NASA spokesperson, citing the need to resolve propulsion system issues and coordinate with upcoming ISS activities.

The Starliner spacecraft has encountered problems with five of its thrusters and experienced five helium leaks, essential components for a safe return journey. Boeing has completed most of its flight-test objectives but faces additional challenges before achieving full mission success.

NASA is evaluating future opportunities for Williams' return after scheduled spacewalks on June 24 and July 2. This extended stay could potentially extend Williams' mission to nearly a month, marking her third spaceflight.

Throughout her career, Williams, a seasoned navy test pilot, has accumulated 322 days in space and holds a record for the total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut. She has been integral to the development of the Starliner spacecraft, contributing her expertise to its design.

Delays are not uncommon for maiden missions like Starliner's, as NASA and Boeing prioritize safety and mission readiness. Despite setbacks, NASA remains committed to ensuring a successful return for Williams and Wilmore, while continuing to refine future crewed missions.

The spacefaring community awaits further developments, hoping for a safe resolution to the current challenges faced by the Starliner spacecraft.


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