Take Flight with Dr. Shawna Pandya
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In celebration of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, The Alberta Aviation Museum is excited to present Dr. Shawna Pandya, Physician Surgeon & Citizen Scientist-Astronaut, as the third guest in our 2019 Speaker Series (profile below).
This is an all ages talk recommended for those 10 years and older. Tickets include admission to the Museum’s Women of Aviation: past, present & future event with career fair, activities, and the opening of our new permanent exhibit Women in the Second World War.
Advance Tickets (+fees & tax)
Students, Seniors, & Members $8
Youth (13-17) $7
Children (6-12) $6
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children in the same household) $25
Light refreshments included
Advance tickets available online only, walk-up* admissions are always welcome
At the door pricing:
Students & Seniors (60+) $9.50
Youth (13-17) $8.50
Children (6-12) $7.50
Shawna is passionate about the two ‘extremes’ of humanity – surviving and thriving. She’s interested in furthering technological innovation and human knowledge, and tackling humanity’s grandest challenges to affect positive social change.
After leaving her career in neurosurgery she went from repeatedly telling herself “I am an absolute disgrace,” to gaining a new sense of being.
Shawna talks passionately about resilience and the lifelong learning she came to embrace from her time with sociopaths, Navy SEALs, martial arts, medicine, astronauts, and from her father.
She successfully completed Scientist‐Astronaut Candidate training in 2015 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.
In 2016, Shawna was named as prime crew for Project Poseidon, which aims to further ocean and space exploration, while setting a world record for “most days spent under the sea.” She also received the Global Women of Vision award in 2016.
Preparing for space requires more than just knowledge — it involves an incredible amount of mental and physical agility. Outside of her work, Shawna continues to further develop these skills through martial arts. She holds a black belt in taekwondo, a sport she’s been practicing for over 15 years. She has also travelled to Thailand annually since 2015 to train in muay thai.
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