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Sunita all set for space marathon

CNN-IBN
Jun 17, 2007 at 05:18am IST

New Delhi: Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams will attempt to do something 210 miles above Earth that no other astronaut has ever done. She will run the Boston Marathon while in orbit.

Sunita will run the 26.2-mile race on a treadmill onboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday at 7:30 pm (IST)

This is the same time the real event is scheduled to start at Hopkinton in Massachusetts

Sunita will be running as fast as eight miles per hour during her 42 km simulated run. She will circle the Earth at least twice running on her treadmill.

The Boston Athletic Association has issued Williams bib number 14,000. The bib has been sent electronically to NASA, which has forwarded it to her, the US space agency said on Friday.

Sunita has already broken the record for the length of time spent in space by any woman. She hopes that her unique run will be an inspiration for young people to take up physical exercise.

And what's more, she is set to break the US record for continuous time in space, before returning home in the summer.

(With inputs from agencies)

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