[sarex] NASA Astronaut to Run Boston Marathon in Space
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> March 29, 2007
> Allard Beutel
> Headquarters, Washington
> James Hartsfield
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> NASA ASTRONAUT TO RUN BOSTON MARATHON IN SPACE
> WASHINGTON - NASA astronaut Suni Williams will go faster than anyone
> has ever gone in the Boston Marathon. She will run the famed race in
> April as an official entrant from 210 miles above Earth aboard the
> International Space Station. This will be the first time an astronaut
> in space will be an official participant in a marathon.
> Williams hopes her unique run will serve as an inspiration.
> "I encourage kids to start making physical fitness part of their daily
> lives," Williams said. "I think a big goal like a marathon will help
> get this message out there."
> Williams, who is an accomplished marathoner, has served aboard the
> space station since December 2006 as a member of the Expedition 14
> crew. She will run the race on a station treadmill, circling Earth at
> least twice in the process, running as fast as eight miles per hour
> but flying more than five miles each second.
> And she will not be alone in her adventure. Her sister Dina Pandya and
> a fellow NASA astronaut, Karen Nyberg, will run the race in Boston.
> Williams and Nyberg qualified for the Boston race by finishing among
> the top 100 females in the Houston Marathon in January 2006.
> Exercise is essential in NASA's efforts to counteract the effects of
> long-duration weightlessness on astronauts' health. For months,
> Williams has been training for the marathon while aboard the station.
> She runs at least four times a week, two longer runs and two shorter
> runs. Station crews are required to exercise on the treadmill, a
> stationary bike and a resistive exercise machine to counter loss of
> bone density and muscle mass.
> "In microgravity, both of these things start to go away because we
> don't use our legs to walk around and don't need the bones and
> muscles to hold us up under the force of gravity," Williams said.
> Williams is a native of Needham, Mass., and graduated from Needham
> High School in 1983. Her family resides near Falmouth, Mass.
> NASA will have an exhibit in Boston during the marathon. Nyberg and
> astronaut Jeff Williams will be available for interviews. Jeff
> Williams, who is not related to Suni Williams, completed a six-month
> stay on the station in 2006. NASA's exhibit will be at the John
> Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo at the Hynes Convention Center April
> Due to the crew's sleep schedule, WIlliams' run of the marathon on the
> station may not coincide exactly with the race on the ground, but
> mission control is working to match the events as closely as
> possible. This year's marathon is Monday, April 16.
> Television and still imagery of Williams' efforts are expected to be
> available. Video of her training on the International Space Station
> will air on NASA TV's Video File. For streaming video, downlink and
> schedule information, visit:
> For more information about the Boston Marathon, visit:
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