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Sunita L. Williams Memorial Room
Dreams of space

Sunita Williams is one of the most prominent astronauts in the world. She spent 195 days straight at the International Space Station (ISS), a world record for women astronauts until 2015. She has made 7 spacewalks and spent 50 hours and 40 minutes outside the space station. Altogether she has spent more than 321 days in space.

Williams's roots are in Leše, the home of her great-grandmother Marija (Mary) Bohinjec, who moved to the USA at the end of the 19th century.

The memorial room was opened personally in Slovenia by Williams in 2009. On this occasion she made a gift of several objects relating to her space exploration as well as some personl items  and photographs. Since then she has helped furnish it further with results of her missions and some other interesting items and exhibits.

In addition to Sunita's photographs and items from her space missions (clothing, food, etc.), the memorial room displays her kinship relations with the Bohinj family from Leše, among them Sunita's great-grandmother Marija (Mary) Bohinjc, and messages that Sunita sent from space to her compatriots in Leše.

A visit to the memorial room can be enriched with a creative workshop at which children make a family tree or compete in a quiz, and you can also leave a written message or question for Sunita. For refreshment an authentic Leše meal is available.

In memory of the first visit by Williams there is an event held each autumn in Leše called Astronaut Day.

contact and further information

Slovenian Astronaut Institute Leše 1c, 4290 Tržič
T: 031 213 487 / 040 238 118

Opening hours

By arrangement

Entrance fee

  • children and high school students: free
  • university students and retired: 1.50 EUR
  • adults: 2 EUR

Additional charges

  • Leše meal: 2 EUR
  • Making a family tree: 0.50 EUR

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