46-year-old Indian-origin astronaut Williams along with her two colleagues today took off for her second space odyssey on a Russian Soyuz rocket, which blasted off successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Williams, who was into sports during her days in the Naval Academy, said that she will be excited to watch the London Olympics from the station and put a much more global perspective on the mega sporting event beginning July 27.
"I was on the swim team there, I was on the cross country team, on the bike club, so a lot about sports ..... I went to jump school and stuff like that, just a lot of good outdoorsy stuff," Williams said in a pre-flight interview to NASA.
She thinks there is a similarity between the International Space Station's goal of fostering global cooperation and the spirit of the Olympics.
"Well, of course. It's, I mean, the Olympics, what is it, it's an international competition, to foster friendship and, and competition across, across the planet, and I think that