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Physician, astronaut, black belt, entrepreneur — Shawna Pandya is constantly reaching for the stars. For the multi-talented Shawna Pandya, excelling in one field isn’t enough — she has a list of accomplishments in fields from medicine to space science to martial arts. “I’m kind of a person who is like a jack of all trades,” says Pandya. However, she stresses [...]
The SeaSpace Exploration & Research Society has selected the aquanaut crew and dive team for Project Poseidon, an unprecedented 100-day undersea research expedition at the Aquarius undersea laboratory. Owned and operated by Florida International University, Aquarius is the world's only operational undersea laboratory, making it a very unique research platform, that enables aquanauts to live, eat, sleep, and conduct research [...]
A local doctor will train for years — mentally, physically and emotionally — for the chance at a trip to space that could impact our knowledge of climate change. The plane was about to take off as Shawna Pandya, an Edmonton doctor, listened to the debriefing. But it wasn’t your typical “the emergency doors are located near the wings” [...]
Two Edmonton doctors are going to space. At least that’s the hope, after Shawna Pandya and Michael Gallagher spent a week training in Project PoSSUM’s far-out Scientist-Astronaut Course at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. The medical doctors donned spacesuits, rode on aerobatic flights and experienced changing gravity environments as part of the training that could ultimately land them a trip [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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