I think in the short amount of time that women have been flying, we are contributors, counterparts, and partners to the men who are doing all this sort of stuff." For space exploration in the future, Williams believes it's just a matter of time before humans get to Mars."We think robots can pave the way for us but we have to take the other steps in the meantime.
Williams thanks her parents for instilling in her a "can do" attitude.
She acknowledges the key role her Indian father, a neuroscientist, and her Slovenian mother, an X-ray technician, played in kindling her interest in science.
There are more people to interact with but it's harder to get everybody together for dinner at night." Yes, the crew did find time every other week to share their favorite foods and have a "party" in space.
"You eat with a spoon and you never really need a fork or knife.
"And then of course, the modules themselves—the European module Columbus, the Japanese module Gem, the U.
S laboratory, the Canadian arm, and the Russian side of the space station.We need to know how to operate all those." With seven more interior modules, the space station is much bigger since Williams went there last."Six people on the crew instead of three has its pluses and minus.That's why we have the international space station to test out some of that stuff. She is a United States Naval officer and a NASA astronaut. Williams’ roots on her father’s side go back to Gujarat in India and she has been to India to visit her father’s family.Find the thing you like to do because when you like something you do it well." Prospects for women in space are huge, she adds."We have done equally as much as the guys have done.When the 47-year-old Indian-American astronaut took charge as commander of Expedition 33 onboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on July 15, 2012, she became the second woman in history to do so.As a female astronaut, she holds the record for the longest space time (322 days) on two space missions. "It's just another way to let people know how far we have advanced.You see not only the artistic ways in which the Earth looks but also how it is changing.It feels like it's not just the people there but the Earth is alive itself," she adds.