Indian-origin woman Dr Shawna Pandy has been picked for NASA 2018 space mission. After Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, another Indian-origin astronaut is all set to make the nation proud.
Dr. Shawna Pandya, a 32-year-old neurosurgeon who will fly to space with eight other astronauts in 2018. She became one of the two candidates to be shortlisted from 3,200 people enrolled in the Citizen Science Astronaut (CSA) programme.
Dr. Shawna Pandya missions will include experiments in two fields - bio-medicine and medical science. As part of a project titled 'Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere (PoSSUM)', she will study the effects of climate change, and also be a part of other undertakings.
She has even been a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, walked the runway as a model and given a TEDx talk about resilience.
She says, "If you prioritise your passions and commitments, it’s wonderful how much you can achieve," In one of her TED talks.
She has loved medicine, and she has loved the space – finding both exciting and immensely fascinating. “Since I was a kid, I loved space, I loved the stars. So this kind of is a realisation of a life-long dream,” Dr. Pandya told Edmonton Sun.
Born in Canada with roots in Mumbai, Dr Shawna Pandya will become the third woman of Indian origin to go into the space after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams.