Who is Anil Menon? – Know all about new Indian-origin NASA astronaut


Anil Menon was a NASA flight surgeon in 2014 and has supported four long-duration crew members on the ISS as deputy crew surgeon for Soyuz 39 and Soyuz 43 missions and prime crew surgeon for Soyuz 52 mission.

Indian-origin NASA astronaut: Anil Menon, an Indian-origin doctor, is among the 10 new astronaut recruits selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for its future space missions. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Indian and Ukrainian parents.

The 45-year-old is a lieutenant colonel at the US Air Force and has served NASA previously as the crew flight surgeon for various expeditions on the International Space Station (ISS). He is married and has two children.

NASA announced its 2021 class of astronauts on December 6, 2021 from among over 12000 people who had applied to the space agency in March 2020. Among the selected 10 new astronauts, six are men, while four are women.