Citizen-Scientist Astronaut Candidate of Project PoSSUM & Project PHEnOM
Dr. Shawna Pandya is a physician, speaker, martial artist, citizen-scientist astronaut candidate with Projects PoSSUM & PHEnOM , and prime crew aquanaut with Project Poseidon. She holds degrees in in neuroscience (BSc Hons. Neuroscience, University of Alberta), space (MSc Space Studies, International Space University), entrepreneurship (Graduate Studies Program, Singularity University) and medicine (MD, University of Alberta). Licensed in general practice, Dr. Pandya is also currently completing concurrent fellowships in Wilderness Medicine and Enhanced
Surgical Skills. In 2015, Dr. Pandya successfully completed Scientist-Astronaut Candidate training with Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) and was part of the first crew to test a commercial spacesuit in zero-gravity. As part of Project PoSSUM, she also completed slow onset hypobaric hypoxia training, centrifuge studies, aerobatic flight, and emergency spacecraft egress and sea survival training. In 2016, Dr. Pandya was named to the prime crew and Medical Advisory Board for Project Poseidon, which aims to further ocean and space exploration, while simultaneously setting a world record for “most days spent under the sea” at 100 days. Most recently, Dr. Pandya was named to the Project PHEnOM (Physiology, Health and Environmental Observations in Microgravity) Citizen-Scientist Astronaut Corps. Also in 2016, Dr. Pandya was appointed as the Life Sciences Team Lead for Association of Spaceflight Professionals (formerly Astronauts4Hire ), and has undertaken to further her team’s experience in developing research, technology and payloads related to space medicine and life sciences. Dr. Pandya’s research interests center on resilience and performance in extreme environments, and reproduction in long-duration spaceflight.
Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science of the Upper Mesosphere) is a 501(C)3 non-profit suborbital research and education program devoted to further suborbital science and related human factors. Supported in part by the NASA Flight Opportunities program, citizen-scientist astronaut candidates study and partake in research campaigns related to topics related to suborbital science, including imaging noctilucent clouds to better understand their relation to climate change, bioastronautics research campaigns, including studies of suborbital spacesuits in microgravity, and education and outreach program related to this work. You can find out more at projectpossum.org. Project PHEnOM (Physiology, Health and Environmental Observations in Microgravity) is a microgravity human research program. Citizen-scientist astronaut candidates develop research objectives related to biomedical, health, engineering and life-sciences issues in microgravity, analog, extreme and suborbital environments. You can learn more at http://www.seaspacesociety.org/phenom-project.