For Indian-American astronaut Sirisha Bandla, the sky was not the restrict as her desires at all times remained hovering into the galaxy.
Ms Bandla, a 34-year-old aeronautical engineer on Sunday joined British billionaire Richard Branson and 4 others on board Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Unity to make a journey to the sting of area from the US state of New Mexico.
“As a child, her gaze was always perched on the sky, the stars, the aeroplanes and space. Such was her fascination that it ultimately led her into space and it is a great achievement for her,” her paternal grandfather Bandla Ragaiah mentioned.
As a toddler, she was underneath Mr Ragaiah’s care in Hyderabad (in then undivided AP) as her mother and father settled within the US. For a while, she was additionally along with her maternal grandparents at Chirala in Andhra Pradesh.
“We are very delighted that she fulfilled her dream and a long-felt desire. It’s a great achievement and we are proud of her,” Mr Ragaiah instructed PTI over cellphone on Monday.
Sirisha, the primary lady of Telugu origin to enterprise into area, left for the US on the age of 4, alongside along with her elder sister Pratyusha to hitch their mother and father.
Her father Muralidhar is an agricultural scientist, like his father, and is now positioned within the US Embassy in New Delhi.
“We are very happy that the Virgin Galactic flight into space was successful. What more can I say,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan and Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy congratulated Ms Bandla on her accomplishment.
“It was a historic journey by the first Telugu girl Sirisha and third Indian-origin woman to head to space,” (after the late Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams), the Governor mentioned in a message.
The Chief Minister, in a press release, mentioned it was a proud second for the state because the Guntur-born Ms Bandla flew on the spaceflight.
The trajectory of the 34-year-old aeronautical engineer has been superb and reached nice heights, he mentioned and hoped it might propel her to larger orbits.
Ms Bandla had described her expertise as “incredible” and “life-changing.”
“I am kind of still up there but it’s so glad to be here. I was trying to think about a better word than incredible, but that is the only word that can come to my mind… Seeing the view of Earth is so life-changing, but also the boost the rocket motor kicking in. The whole trip to space and back is just amazing”, Ms Bandla instructed the NBC News in an interview.
Ms Bandla described the second as emotional and mentioned, “I have been dreaming of going to space since I was young and literally it is a dream come true,” she mentioned.
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