The space shuttle Discovery is getting ready for a December 7 launch on a mission to the international space station, and Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams will be on board. She’ll be in space for six months, replacing German astronaut Thomas Reiter as flight engineer.
Back in October 2004, Nirali interviewed Sunita, and she had some inspiring words for other women interested in pursuing what can seem like far-fetched careers for women, even in these modern times:
Don’t ever let anyone tell you, “You can’t do it.” That’s the biggest thing—I had one squad commander who said, “Being an astronaut is for jet pilots, not for helicopter pilots.” If you know that’s what you want, you’ve just got to go for it. You do the best you can do at what you’re doing and find out what you need to do to get in this field.
Wise words, indeed. Good luck to Sunita and the entire Discovery crew on a safe and fruitful mission.