Space Shuttle Blasts 0ff with Ganesha, Gita and Samosas

December 14, 2006 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

Dec 12, CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA (HPI) — Space Shuttle Astronaut Sunita heads into space with Ganesha, Bhagavad-gita and a stash of samosas.

Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams blasted into space Sunday carrying a Lord Ganesha Deity, the Bhagavad Gita and a packet of samosas, in addition to what the well traveled astronaut packs for a six-month stint on the International Space Station.

In addition to Sunita, the shuttle Discovery is carrying Sweden’s first astronaut, Christer Fuglesang, pilot William Oefelein, Flight engineer Robert Curbeam and mission specialists Nicholas Patrick and Joan Higginbotham. Sunita was a Navy test pilot and diver before joining the astronaut program. Her father is an Indian-born doctor and her mother a homemaker of Yugoslav descent.

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