Here’s something very important to know about Kalpana Chawla, as a tribute to the first Indian American woman in space on her birth anniversary. Kalpana was a strong girl who worked hard, believed in herself, chased her dreams and had the patience to walk a different path which led her to success.
Here are few facts you must know about Kalpna Chawla, the lady who is still the role model of millions of women and one of the precious gems of India.
Kalpana’s early education was from Punjab, India
Kalpana finished her schooling from Karnal and moved forward to Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh for pursuing a course in aeronautical engineering. Completing her graduation she shifted to United States in 1982 to complete her Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from University of Texas and earned doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado.
Kalpana became US citizen in April 1991 and applied for NASA Astronaut Corps.
After becoming a naturalized US citizen Kalpana Chawla joined the Corps and started working at NASA Ames Research Center in March 1995.
First Indian born woman and the second Indian to fly in space
Her achievement surely made Indians proud, the moment when she took her first flight on space shuttle Columbia in 1997 as primary robotic arm operator and mission specialist.
Kalpana Chawla’s second flight was her last flight
Kalpana was selected as a part of STS-107 crew for her second flight in 2000. The mission got delayed due to some technical issues and finally launched in 2003. The crew spent about 16 days in the flight and conducted more than 80 experiments. The space shuttle collapsed over Taxes while entering the earth’s atmosphere and sadly we lost many of the precious gems of the world.
Kalpana Chawla logged about 30 days, 14 hours and 54 minutes in space over the course of her two flights to space. She proved that ‘where there is a will, there is a way’.
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