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Jasleen Josan, the first Sikh women in the world to undertake a Mars mission

23 August, 2017

Jasleen Kaur Josan is a first Indian Sikh woman who has been selected by NASA to go to Mars. While Kalpana Chawla made history by being the first Indian woman in space in 1997. 

The Orion Mission is going to be the first man mission to Mars, which is on track to take place in 2030. 

While the 2020 MARS Mission is a one-way mission — the group will habitate on Mars and not return — Josan is part of the two-way mission which is set to happen in 2030. 

Currently based in Huntsville, Alabama where she is pursuing an integrated degree of master and Ph.D in space science from the University of Alabama, Josan was born in Kurukshetra, Haryana, India, and travelled to many parts of the sub-continent for her schooling. 

Josan is inspired by the prominent astronaut Kalpana Chawla.