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New kind of space suit being tested in Ottawa

Shawna Pandya, a citizen-scientist astronaut with Project Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere (PoSSUM), goes over some pre-flight prep with Derek Gowanlock on-board a Falcon 20 aircraft at the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport before [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: News|4 Comments

In Pursuit of the Perfect Spacesuit – Air & Space Magazine

Twenty thousand feet above Ottawa, Shawna Pandya floats gently out of her seat and executes a graceful midair swoop. Our Falcon 20 jet is halfway through a series of parabolas, which produce brief periods of [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: News|4 Comments

Defying Gravity – Dr Shawna Pandya

" Meet Dr. Shawna Pandya, a general physician by profession, whose job titles at times have included runway model, neurosurgical resident, entrepreneur, taekwondo champion and now, citizen-scientist astronaut candidate " By Surbhi Gogia History is [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments


Everyone—or almost everyone—loves a good origin story. From the New Testament to the neverending deaths of Bruce Wayne’s parents and Peter Parker’s uncle, we’re fascinated by the catalysts, epiphanies, and pivotal moments that make people [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

Lees: Edmonton honours local leaders at 22nd annual Women of Vision Celebration

She got her first spanking when she was three-years-old and would cross the road to ask neighbours if they’d like to hear her sing. But an undaunted Lesley MacDonald went on to entertain and on [...]

By | April 9th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

Conversations with Scientist-Astronaut Candidate Dr. Shawna Pandya

Surrounded by several deities at her uncle's shop in Mumbai, Shawna Pandya, the scientist-astronaut candidate for Projects PoSSUM & PHEnOM tells us of all it takes to be what she is - A doctor, a [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments