Foundation of Indian-born space scientist gives wings to passionate Indian students



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Sep 20, 2021, 4:07 PM

Indian-born space scientist wants to share her foreign space culture with passionate students

Priya Patel, a 25-year-old Indian-born space scientist, has had an illustrious career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) on interplanetary missions.

As she aspires to become an astronaut, she has also created an NGO in the United States to “provide resources to young Indian students from disadvantaged socio-economic strata to introduce them to space facilities abroad.”

The NGO is named after Patel’s grandmother

Patel created the Sharda Foundation, named after his grandmother, for passionate students.

She also aspires to become an astronaut and the first Indian woman to reach the Moon and Mars.

She holds a BA in Physics from Imperial College London and an MA in Space Science Engineering from University College London (UCL).

Currently, Patel is pursuing a doctorate at UCL in association with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

The Foundation could help students discover space cultures abroad

The Foundation could help students discover space cultures abroad

Talk to The time of India, Priya said that the Sharda Foundation aims to “bring talented and passionate Indian students to a space agency abroad, be it NASA or ESA (sic).” ”

She said it would help students “experience space culture in various countries.”

“I want to bring resources to my home country where there is a lot of talent and passion for space exploration,” she added.

Patel wants to share his experiences with passionate Indian students

Patel says she is lucky that her parents gave her this experience through their sacrifices when they left India. Now she wants to share the experience with those who are truly passionate about the space but don’t have the resources to follow their passions.

Patel was reportedly born in Kadi, Gujarat, and educated in Gandhinagar before moving to London in 2005.

Patel is also training to become an aerobatic pilot

Patel is also training to become an aerobatic pilot

Along with his high-flying ambitions, Patel is training to become an aerobatic pilot.

On the other hand, she has been training in Bharatnatyam for over 12 years and has participated in various national and international shows.

Meanwhile, his current project is to collect atmospheric data from NASA’s Perseverance Rover. She said it was a “dream come true”.

Patel also worked on the next ESA project

Patel also worked on the next ESA project

Patel’s work with NASA included analyzing data from the Mars climate sounder aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Meanwhile, at ESA, Priya served as a systems engineer for an upcoming gravitational wave detection mission called the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) which will launch in 2034.

She is also part of the “Rocket Women” team which enables girls, especially Indian women, to choose STEM careers.


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