Athira Preetha Rahi has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for its astronaut training programme. The US space agency issues international invites for people to apply for the training. In collaboration with Canada’s space agency, they also provide the astronaut training programme of the International Institute of Astronautical Science.
Athira Preetha Rahi is 24-year-old. She is a native of Thiruvananthapuram .
Athira Preetha Rahi has always had a passion for learning about space-related topics. She has ties to Keralan clubs that are interested in astronomy. She apparently holds a pilot’s licence and attended Algonquin College in Ottawa.
ExoGeo Aerospace Inc. founder and CEO Athira Preetha Rahi announced her acceptance into the rigorous programme on LinkedIn. She confidently questioned, “Can a 24-year-old gay, visible minority, neurodiverse woman be an astronaut and a space entrepreneur?” After Sunita Williams and Kalpana Chawala, she will be the third woman of Indian descent to travel to space as part of the PoSSUM project.