Neurosurgeon Dr Shawna Pandya is all set to be the third Indian-origin woman to go to space, Hindustan Times reported.

Pandya, a neurosurgeon at Canada’s Alberta University Hospital, has been shortlisted for the country’s Citizen Science Astronaut (CSA) programme. She will join eight other astronauts on space missions that are scheduled to take off by 2018.

The 32-year-old will be the third woman of Indian-origin, after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, to make the journey to space.

Dr Pandya’s Space Mission

Pandya will conduct experiments in bio-medicine and medical science. She is part of the Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere project, which will study the effects of climate change.

She will also work on Physiological, Health, and Environmental Observations in Microgravity, and is a part of the Project Poseidon, a 100-day underwater mission at the Aquarius Space Research Facility in Florida.

Jack of All Trades

The Canada-born Pandya is also an opera singer, an author, an international taekwondo champion, and a Muay Thai practitioner.

The neurosurgeon, who is currently in Mumbai, told the daily that she has dreamed of becoming an astronaut since her teen years.

If you prioritise your passions and commitments, it’s wonderful how much you can achieve. Dr Shawna Pandya

Pandya has been holding a series of motivational talks in Mumbai.

(Source: Hindustan Times )

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