City kids quiz Sunita Williams

The station recorded and sent 20 questions from students who took part in the 10-minute programme here. Williams answered all but a few. At the time, the ISS was about 200 miles somewhere above Italy, having made its way there at 17,500 miles an hour across the northern Atlantic Ocean just a few minutes earlier.

Williams, commander of the three-member Expedition 33 team currently on-board the ISS, said that for entertainment, the crew mainly rely on a "little bit of internet, pre-recorded TV shows and a whole lot of time looking out the window". She said the moon and its craters and the Earth showed clearly from there.

Relying to 17-year-old Saloni Kanodia who wanted to know if "persons on the ISS have the opportunity to practise their religion daily", Williams said, "I think just being up here is a really spiritual. Everyday when I look out of the window, I think about the meaning of life."

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