Astronaut Sunita L. Williams
Astronaut Sunita L. Williams

REPORT FROM THE HAWAII DOEAstronaut Sunita Williams will visit the Challenger Center Hawaii (CCH) at Barbers Point Elementary from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. tomorrow, January 30, to share her experiences and inspire sixth graders from Kaimuki Middle School.

CCH, which will celebrate its 20th Anniversary in April, is an exciting, hands-on facility where students work in cooperative teams to solve real-life science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) problems during a space flight simulation.

CCH’s goal is to continue the educational mission of the Space Shuttle Challenger crew by empowering students with the knowledge and tools necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

CCH is a part of an international network of learning centers established in memory of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger. CCH is operated by the Leeward District of the Hawaii State Department of Education and is the 14th learning center established in the United States, Great Britain, Canada and Korea by Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

Astronaut Sunita Williams is a veteran of two spaceflights. She served as Flight Engineer aboard ISS Expedition 14/15 (December 9, 2006 to June 22, 2007). While in the space station, she established a world record for females with 4 spacewalks totaling 29 hours 17 minutes of Extravehicular Activity (EVA).

On ISS Expedition 32/33 (July 14 to November 18, 2012) Williams spent four months (127 days) conducting research and exploration aboard the orbiting laboratory. She performed 3 spacewalks with Astronaut Hoshide to replace a component that relays power from the space station’s solar arrays to its systems, and repair an ammonia leak on the a station radiator.

With 50 hours and 40 minutes, Williams once again holds the record for total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut. In addition, Williams has spent a total of 322 days in space on two missions and ranks sixth on the all time U. S. endurance list and second all time for a female.

More on the web: http://www.challenger.org

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