Sunita Williams—who recently became the first person of Indian descent to take a stroll in space—is set to become the world’s most experienced female space walker.
Flight engineer Williams and International Space Station Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria will take three spacewalks in nine days to step up station assembly. Their job is to attach the Destiny lab to a new cooling system.
While on the space station, Michael, assisted by Williams, both US Naval Academy grads, swore in 16 sailors aboard the carrier USS Eisenhower during a special live link from the space.
Eboo Patel, a Muslim who migrated with his parents from Mumbai to Chicago over thirty years ago and was later a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, where he received a doctorate in the sociology of religion, has started Inter Faith Youth Core, an organisation that brings together young people from various parts of the world, whose function is to promote inter religious understanding.
Patel’s aim is for young people from different religions to come together to volunteer, in environmental programmes, in child tutoring and in building homes for the less fortunate.
His groups now have 36,000 people worldwide who cooperate to serve the common good. His group has partnered with leaders and organisations including the office of Queen Rania of Jordan, Bill Clinton, the US State Department and the US Institute of Peace.