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Stay home, reflect and be part of something bigger: Sunita Williams to Indian students stuck in US


WASHINGTON: Indian-American NASA astronaut Sunita Williams has suggested Indian scholars stranded in the USA because of the coronavirus-linked world shuttle restrictions to make use of the instance to assume how they could be a productive and positive addition to the society.

During a digital interaction, she when compared the Indian scholars' experience to her being in area in a spacecraft “where you do not get to go, see your family and friends and give them a real hug.”

Organised by the Embassy of India Student Hub on Friday, the interaction was once watched by 84,000 other people on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in the first 24 hours.

Williams drew on her 322 days of orbiting in area to encourage a transfer from “I” to “We”, saying “Isolation additionally provides a time to reflect and think about… how you'll be able to be a productive, lively, positive addition to the society”.

She joined the reside session just about from her kitchen in Houston, where she is present process training for any other human spaceflight in 2021.

During the interaction, Williams mentioned how everybody could succeed in one thing significant presently.

“Even simply staying home and being responsible and now not infecting others or getting infected will provide you with the chance to be a part of one thing a lot bigger than yourself,” she stated.

She stated that the Covid-19 disaster was once making them more potent as it was once educating them to “push thru and finish what's necessary.”

The Indian scholars praised Williams for sharing her thoughts.


“Suni (Williams) has been my inspiration since I used to be at school. She gave me the impetus to observe my fascination with plane and spacecraft and soak up Aerospace Engineering in undergrad. I used to be truly happy to have a discussion with a world icon!" stated 2020 graduate and India Student Hub volunteer Cherie Singh.


“It was once sensible to get the perspective of an astronaut who skilled social isolation from the entire mankind! I additionally realised that she is a normal individual like several of us - that we would not have to become a ‘superhuman' in one day to be a part of one among mankind's biggest achievements,” stated Arshiah Yusuf Mirza.


Williams first travelled to the International Space Station in 2006. She took a field of samosas, the Bhagavad Gita and an idol of Lord Ganesha to “keep her grounded” and assist her “feel nearer to home.”


“A view from the celebrities! Thank you Sunita Williams @Astro_Suni for sharing your stories from Space and galvanizing our scholars. Excellent initiative by India Student Hub @IndianEmbassyUS,” Indian Ambassador to the USA Taranjit Singh Sandhu stated in a tweet.


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