Indian American Sirisha Bandla to join Richard Branson on Virgin Galactic's next flight to space.
Authored by A. Narang published by NRI Herald-July 04, 2021
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Indian American Sirisha Bandla will be one of the six space travellers aboard VSS Unity of Virgin Galactic’s founder Richard Branson, when it is scheduled to blast off on July 11 from New Mexico.
Sirisha Bandla, will be the backbone of the operation, she is among the six people, including the company’s founder Richard Branson, who will be onboard in space.
The 30-year-old Bandla has now become the first Telugu-origin woman going to space. Bandla was born in Andhra Pradesh and grew up in Houston, Texas.
Sirisha will be the fourth person of Indian origin to fly into space after Rakesh Sharma, Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams.
Sirisha tweeted, “I am so incredibly honored to be a part of the amazing crew of #Unity22, and to be a part of a company whose mission is to make space available to all.”
It’s a proud moment for all the Indians across the world. Congratulations to Sirisha and best of luck! from the entire team of NRI Herald