As a child, she loved space and she loved the stars. Today, she’s become the third Indian-origin woman, after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, to go to space.
32-year-old Shawna Pandya, who is a neurologist by profession, is all set to be a part of an eight-member crew of an expedition in 2018.
Pandya will be conducting experiments with bio-science and medical science, as well as studying the effects of micro gravity on health and physiology in space. She will also study climate change as a part of the Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere (PoSSUM) project.
According to some media reports, she is also a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and has even walked the runway as a model.
Now that’s what we call an overachiever!
“All my junior high science projects or reports, they were all space related … I think the idea of doing something that’s so adventurous and really pushes the bounds of exploration, and the fact that you’d get to space really, really resonated with me,” Pandya told CBS, the Huffington Post reported.