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Meet Shawna Pandya: 3rd Indian-origin woman to fly in space

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Mumbai, Feb 10 (ANI): An Indian-origin neurosurgeon, currently based in Canada, will soon become the third woman of Indian origin to fly in space after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams. 32-year-old Dr Shawna Pandya has been shortlisted by The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for its 2018 space mission under the Citizen Science Astronaut (CSA) programme. Dr Pandya, who was born in Canada, is a general physician with the Alberta University Hospita and has her roots in Mumbai, where her grandmother currently lives in Mahalaxmi area. Besides, she is also an opera singer, an international champion in taekwondo and has also done her training in Muay Thai with a Navy SEAL, as per her bio-data. Shawna has learnt French, Spanish and Russian. Giving details about her project, she said that she is in the team working for a project called Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere (PoSSUM), which will study the effects of climate change. She added that the mission is expected to start by early 2018 and there has been talks going on with various companies regarding the mission and necessary arrangements are being made.

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