Indian Canadian Pandya clarifies on her rumored selection for NASAâ€™s 2018 space mission.
Astronaut Shawna Pandya on Thursday cleared all the rumors and denied the news that she has been shortlisted by NASA for a space mission.
Several news reports said that Pandya would be part of NASAâ€™s 2018 mission under the Citizen Science Astronaut Program and described her as the third-ever womanÂ of Indian origin, after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Willams, to be chosen for a NASA mission.
â€œThere has been no new announcement, flight assignment or selection of missions with respect to my work as a citizen-scientist astronaut with Project possum or The PHEnOM Project. I am no more or less likely to fly than any other member of than these projects than I was 24 hours ago. I remain, however, a steadfast, committed and dedicated teammate and crew member to the work of both projects,â€ Pandya wrote in a Facebook post.
She clarified that The Canadian Space Agency astronaut selection is ongoing and she is not a part of it.
â€œWhile I have previously interned at NASA-Johnson Space Center, I have no current affiliation with either organization, and would like to clarify that any reports or articles claiming such are mistaken,â€ she wrote.
The 32-year-old physician also clarified that she in neither a neurosurgeon nor an opera singer. While she trained in neurosurgery for a short period, her medical license is in general practice.
â€œI look forward to continue my work as a physician, speaker and citizen-scientist astronaut and aquanaut, and just as importantly, look forward to continuing my work with outreach and education about these projects,â€ she added.
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