This astronaut is flying to space with Richard Branson
Virgin Galactic's Sirisha Bandla
will become the second Indian-born woman to visit space
Courtesy: Virgin Galactic
Her grandfather says she has always been fascinated by space
Location: Guntur, India
(SOUNDBITE) (English) GRANDFATHER OF SIRISHA BANDLA, DR. RAGAIAH BANDLA, SAYING:
"I am very happy and overwhelmed with joy. My second granddaughter, she is going to the space."
"From the beginning, I didn't know she was very much fascinated by sky, looking at the sky, space, how to enter the space and what is there and all that. With this, she did her graduation also in the space studies."
Virgin Galactic's test flight with billionaire Richard Branson aboard
marks a new era of private commercial space travel
It's scheduled to launch on July 11