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Gorby Makes Suni's Home Town Paper

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
June 20, 2007

5 things Sunita Williams looks forward to on Earth, Boston Globe

His name is Gorby, and he’s a little diplomat – Who wouldn’t miss a pet? Suni Williams’s Jack Russell terrier is named Gorby, perfect for a master who has spent months with Russian cosmonauts in orbit. Gorby is named after former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbechev (both dog and namesake share a spot on their head). In a May 17 NASA video conversation, she exclaimed in joy after “seeing” her earthbound pet. “You guys know I really miss him,” she told NASA employees, according to a transcript on

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