Astronaut takes a second, closer look at Brahmaputra

September 1st, 2009 - 9:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, Sep 1 (IANS) US astronaut Mike Fincke Tuesday took a close look here at the river Brahmaputra, which he had viewed from space some months ago.
“I saw the Brahmaputra from space. Today I have seen it with my own eyes. It is indeed a pleasure to be by the side of this great river,” Fincke told IANS.

Fincke and his wife Renita, an engineer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), arrived here to attend a series of functions.

The visit is special for the couple as Renita originally hails from Assam.

“Assam is one of the beautiful places on the planet, and today I am really glad I am here,” Mike said.

Renita is equally delighted to be home.

“I am indeed very happy to be in my native land and look forward to spending some time here,” she said.

Fincke led the International Space Station (ISS) expedition from Oct 12, 2008 to April 8, 2009, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, aboard the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft.

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