New Delhi, February 10: When we give examples of inspirations to the world, Kalpana Chawala and Sunita Williams who are the names which are the pride of India. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams were the first two Indian origin women to fly to space. Hold on Dr. Shawna Pandya is the sensational women who will join the list of inspiring women to fly to space belongs to India. Walking similarly on the footsteps of the dedication and perseverance Dr. Shawna Pandya aspires to fly to space soon.
Dr. Shawna Pandya, a 32-year old, an author, a fierce taekwondo champion and has done Muay Thai with a Navy SEAL. Since childhood she dreamt of becoming a doctor and an astronaut. She hails from Mumbai originally but was brought up in Canada. CiviGuard, her first company which was founded during the summer of 2009, is a mobile-based solution for emergency communications and was instituted in response to a challenge to "positively impact 1 billion people in 10 years using technology." She is also a motivational speaker in her spare time.
At present Dr. Shawna Pandya is a NASA Astronaut. And currently she is in Mumbai, came to meet and spend quality time with her parents. Also she is addressing students in the schools and encouraging them. Dr. Pandya has devoted her life to technology, innovation, science and social development.
On speaking with students she said "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 realise 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."
There were 3200 people who enrolled for Citizen Science Astronaut program. Dr. Shawna Pandya said that the selection is yet to get finalised.If she makes it to the top then She is all set to fly with eight other astronauts in the space missions which are expected to take off in late 2018.
When asked about the mission she said that “the team is working for a project called Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere (PoSSUM), which will study the effects of climate change.I am being trained as a citizen scientist and there are some 120 who would be part of the space mission. The experiments in biomedicine and medical science along with physiological, health, and environmental observations in Microgravity (PHEnOM) are also part of it. The work is distributed among the participants,” she added.
Dr. Shawna Pandya, her bio-data speaks all- We humans should not settle for less, if we possess ambition and passion we should head ahead in our life and that is continuous. She said that “what are astronauts if not modern day explorers. I have always loved medicine, and 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 realization of a life-long dream.”
Dr. Shawna Pandya have pursued B.Sc in neuroscience at the University of Alberta, M.Sc in Space science at International Space University and then completed her MD in Medicine from University of Alberta. She is also trained in French, Spanish and Russian languages. She said that “if you prioritize your passions and commitments, it’s wonderful how much you can achieve.” Yet she feels like she has just begun to learn and that there is so much more ahead to accomplish. For adventure-seeking Pandya, there is no hurdle in sight.
After pouring showers of blessings and good wishes Dr.Shawna Pandya was overwhlemed and she tweeted expressing her gratitude and also cleared few misconceptions.
After Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams now Dr. Shawna Pandya has set an example for the world to look upto and get motivated to pursue their dreams. Indians are really proud of them.