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Sunita Williams wants to be a science school teacher

Last Updated: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 15:37

Mumbai: US astronaut Sunita Williams on Thursday said it would be a dream to go to the moon but in the long run she would like to be a science school teacher.

"We are potentially building a new spacecraft. I would love to be a part of that. Building a new vehicle is always benefited by people who have experience.

"All this is in the short term. But eventually, when I grow up, I would like to be a school teacher, a science school teacher," Williams told reporters after an interaction with school students at the Nehru Science Centre here.

"But I think talking about space with as many people as possible and relaying my experiences is my main mission for a while," she said.

Williams, 47, who holds the world record for the most spacewalk time - 50 hours 40 minutes - by a female astronaut, is in India on a week-long trip.

"For me, it would be a dream to go back to the moon. It would be awesome to go to Mars, but I have a feeling that in my life as a professional astronaut, that might not happen," she said.

On Indo-US collaboration in space, she said, "I have been at the NASA. I have seen a growing relationship between the US and India. I think that`s great. I have also seen the growing relationship between ISRO and NASA and that is also great."

Asked if it gets lonely out there in space, she said, "No, it doesn`t get lonely. There is enough connection to Earth that you don`t really feel all alone. You can make phone calls to friends and family."


First Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 15:37

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