Next Monday, astronaut Sunita Williams will attempt a first-ever feat while many of us are stationed in front of computer screens or TVs — she plans on running the Boston Marathon from the International Space Station (ISS).
Williams, has trained for the Boston Marathon for months while serving as a flight engineer aboard ISS.
The Boston Athletic Association, the group that operates the marathon, has sanctioned Williams' plan. The group issued a runner's number to NASA, to be sent to the space runner.
What's her motivation — other than physical challenge, of course?
"I would like to encourage kids to start making physical fitness part of their daily lives. I thought a big goal like a marathon would help get this message out there," says Williams.