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The Space Café Podcast #80: Shawna Pandya – Physician, Astronaut Candidate, Martial Artist, and Space Medicine Innovator

Dr. Shawna Pandya; Photo courtesy of her

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present: The Space Café Podcast #80: Shawna Pandya – Physician, Astronaut Candidate, Martial Artist, and Space Medicine Innovator

Episode 080  features a special guest:  Dr. Shawna Pandya

In this episode, join Dr. Shawna Pandya, a physician, citizen-scientist astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM, martial artist, advanced diver, skydiver, pilot-in-training, and Director of Medical Research at Orbital Assembly Construction, as she delves into her multi-faceted career, her passion for space medicine, and her vision for the future of space exploration.

 Key topics:

🔹 The significance of space medicine and its role in long-term space missions

🔹 The intersection of extreme environment medicine and space medicine

🔹 The importance of holistic physical and mental preparation for space travel

🔹 The future of space exploration and its implications for healthcare

 3 memorable moments to share:

➡️ We need to think about not just the medicine but also the psychology, the human factors, the human dynamics of long duration space flight.

➡️ The most rewarding part of training for space is the journey itself, the resilience, the grit, the determination that it instills in you.

➡️ It’s about archiving that mission success, whether that’s a successful CPR in a critical care situation on Earth or whether that’s landing on Mars.

 Sources and links:

🔹 Shawna Pandya’s Website: https://www.shawnapandya.com/

🔹 Project PoSSUM: https://projectpossum.org/

🔹 Orbital Assembly Construction: https://orbitalassembly.com/

🔹 Savage Garden’s “To the Moon and Back” Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCm6gRHINqA

🔹 Muse’s “Starlight” Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgum6OT_VH8

🔹 Linkin Park’s “Reanimation” Album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2H4l9RpkwM

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