Why Is She There?

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US astronaut Sunita Williams is set to run the Boston Marathon … in space.

Williams is in the middle of a six- or seven-month rotation aboard the International Space Station (ISS). She may in fact break the record for the longest stay in space by a US astronaut because it is not certain when a shuttle will launch to pick her up.

The 41-year-old will run the 42.2-kilometre (26.2-mile) race on the station’s treadmill on 16 April and will circle the Earth at least twice during the event, putting her speed relative to Earth far above the other entrants.

Ok, this is either a part of a secret experiment or she has absolutely nothing else to do up there. Running in space? What’s next? Who can hold the lotus pose (yoga) the longest? Isn’t this akin to golfing on the moon? That was the lowest point in NASA’s history of exploration of space. And I refuse to believe that NASA officials did not know that an astronaut carrying golf clubs in the lunar module.

OK, am just ranting needlessly. Good luck to Sunita.

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