Sunita Williams runs marathon in space

Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams achieved yet another milestone by being 210 miles above earth and circling it at least twice, running as fast as eight mph but flying more than five miles each second, as she completed the Boston Marathon on a international space station treadmill.

Houston, April 17: Indian American astronaut Sunita
Williams achieved yet another milestone by being 210 miles
above earth and circling it at least twice, running as fast
as eight mph but flying more than five miles each second, as
she completed the Boston Marathon on a international space
station treadmill.

Her unofficial completion time was four hours and 24
minutes as she completed the race at 2:24 P.M. EDT. Sunita,
41, an accomplished marathoner, attempted something no other
astronaut has ever done.

She is now the first astronaut in space to have ran
a marathon while in orbit.

And, Sunita hopes her unique run will serve as an
inspiration. "I encourage kids to start making physical
fitness part of their daily lives," Sunita said.

"I think a big goal like a marathon will help get this
message out there."

Sunita started the race on time at 10 A.M. EDT with
race no. 14,000 taped to the front of the treadmill. She had
placed two laptop computers on either side of the treadmill
and was closely watching a live feed of the race from Boston
and keep track of where the ISS was flying.

Wearing Boston red socks under her Navy shirt and
shorts, Sunita woke up several hours earlier than her crew
mates because of the marathon.

Also at the space station were U.S. astronaut Michael
Lopez-Alegria, Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Tyurin, Fyodor
Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov and space tourist Charles Simonyi.

Bureau Report

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