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Sunita won't be back home soon
March 28, 2007 12:16 IST
Last Updated: March 28, 2007 13:32 IST
Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams will not return home as scheduled.
Sunita's seven month-long stay on board the International Space Station has been extended following a hail storm last February that damaged the fuel tank of the space shuttle Atlantis. The hail storm has disrupted NASA's flight schedule for the year.
Depending on whether the fuel tank can be repaired or replaced, Atlantis will not be ready to fly until the middle of May or June.
Flight surgeon Dave Alexander said her physical fitness, mental well-being and radiation exposure will be monitored carefully, but at the moment, the predictions are that she can stay up for an extended period of timeSunita marked her 108th day in space on Tuesday.