A neurosurgeon from Canada, Dr. Shawna Pandya will be the third Indian woman to go to space. Dr. Shawna is a general physician in Alberta University Hospital in Canada. She is even an international Taekwondo champion, opera singer and soon-to-be an astronaut. Now she is qualified to go to space for two space missions. Shawna Pandya will soon become the third Indian woman to fly to space after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita William. She is also a Silicon Valley businesswomen, she walked as a model.
Shawna Pandya is 32-years-old, born in Canada she was shortlisted after topping the Citizen Science Astronaut (CSA) program.This mission will fly off in 2018 including other eight astronauts. At present Pandya is in Mumbai meeting her family in their Mahalaxmi home. Pandya said, from the time of teenage it was her passion to become an astronaut but she loves medicine. She is even trained in Muay Thai with a Navy SEAL. Pandya told to Hindustan times, “If you prioritize your passions and commitments, it’s wonderful how much you can achieve.””Never be afraid of adventure, and regardless of what your plans are, don’t be afraid to stray off the beaten path. I have followed this advice and it has served me well.”
Shawna Pandya’s mission in the space is, she will be doing experiments in biomedical and medical science experiments. She will also work on Physiological, Health and Environmental Observations in Microgravity. She is a part of a project called Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere (PoSSUM).
All the astronauts will be sent in suborbital flights to study the clouds. A major crew member of Project Poseidon, which is 100 day underwater mission at Aquarius Space Research Facility in Florida.
In Mumbai, Dr. Shawna is giving motivational talks to the students and the doctors.“On Tuesday, I met students from Lilavatibai Podar High School. The questions they asked me were brilliant, right from zero-gravity experiences to outer space.”
“When I talk to students, medical undergraduates, I realize they have the zeal to venture out but aren’t always aware of the ways in which they can. All we need is to get acquainted with everyday developments in science, be resilient and always try to achieve something bigger.”