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Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams stranded in space, 27 days of fuel left, 12 days of failure

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Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams is stuck in space. Sunita and her colleague Butch Wilmore have been stuck in space for the last twelve days. They reached the space station on June 5 on the Starliner spacecraft and were scheduled to return on June 13. But for the last twelve days, the engineers could not fix the problem. Now they have only 27 days of fuel left. Their spacecraft is unable to return due to helium leakage from the Starliner.

What’s wrong

Their return has been postponed for the fourth time after a malfunction in the Boeing Starliner spacecraft. No new date has been given now. Boeing’s Starliner capsule took off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 10:52 am local time on June 5. After 25 hours of flight, engineers detected helium leaks in five places in the spacecraft’s thruster system. After this, the decision to bring the spacecraft back was postponed.

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NASA claims that there is no danger to both

Sunita Williams and her colleague Butch Wilmore are stuck in space. But NASA has said that there is no danger to them. Engineers are working to bring the spacecraft safely to Earth. The spacecraft has a lifespan of 45 days. 18 days have passed. Now only 27 days are left. This is NASA’s second spacecraft. This is the first time it has gone into space. Boeing has signed a contract of 4.5 billion dollars with NASA. Out of that, 1.5 billion dollars have already been spent.

Sunita Williams in space for the third time

59-year-old Sunita Williams has gone to space for the third time. She has previously gone to space in 2006 and 2012. According to NASA, Sunita has spent a total of 322 days in space. Sunita stayed in space for 195 days in 2006 and 127 days in 2012. In 2012, Sunita did spacewalk three times. Astronauts exit the space station during spacewalks. Sunita Williams is the second woman of Indian origin to go to space. Before her, Kalpana Chawla had gone to space.

Pratik Mehta

Pratik Mehta

I am Pratik Mehta, a passionate business news writer dedicated to covering economic trends, market analysis, and corporate developments.

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