This Indian-American just got selected by NASA for its human space flight programme

Dec 8, 2021

By: Shadab Rabbani

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He was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Ukrainian and Indian immigrants. Dr. Menon is married to Anna Menon who works at SpaceX, and they have two children.

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He is a certified flight instructor and has logged over 1,000 hours as a pilot.

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US Air Force

Dr. Menon is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force.

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He got his Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology from Harvard University in 1999 and his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2004.

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Doctor of Medicine

He received his Doctor of Medicine from Stanford Medical School in 2009.

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Dr. Menon spent a year in India as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to study and support Polio vaccination.

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NASA flight surgeon

In 2014, he joined NASA as a flight surgeon where he supported four long-duration crew members on the International Space Station as the deputy crew surgeon for Soyuz missions.

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He had joined SpaceX in 2018 where he started its medical program and helped prepare for the company’s first human flights.

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NASA astronaut

Menon was selected with nine others and will report for duty in January 2022 to begin two years of initial astronaut training for NASA’s future space mission.

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