In her teens, Aastha developed a strong curiosity about cosmology and space exploration. At the age of 13, she attended the Advanced Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama in 2010 and won the ‘Lunar Space Award’ where she designed a refueling station on a lunar base. In recent years, she has won international and national awards in design which forged her interest in pursuing studies in architectural design and technology. In 2015, she studied BSc honours in Architectural Technology from Leeds Beckett University (U.K) and in 2016, she was a scholar exchange student at VIA University College (Denmark) which was followed by an internship in Uganda. In 2019, she participated in the International Conference on Environmental Systems in Boston and presented the architectural Martian habitat project “Mangala” featuring architectural and technical solutions to the future possibility of living on Mars. Apart from her aspiration to become a space architect, she is a philanthropist through her NGO in Uganda, ‘V-Nergy‘, is a traveler by heart and a mindfulness tutor by her soul.
As an Architectural Concept Developer at Mars Society of Canada, Aastha is contributing to artificial intelligent algorithmic design, digital fabrication and architectural solutions for the future inhabitants of Mars. Additionally, she contributes to articles and will be representing the MSC team at educational, private and government institutes, as and when opportunity arises.
“The Universe resides within us and we are capable of achieving substantial purpose, so we must thrive to inhabit Mars.”Astha Kacha