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Kalpana Chawla was born on 17-03-1962 in Karnal in the state of Haryana, India. She had been an Indian-born American Astronaut, Engineer & Scientist.
Kalpana Chawla Biography, Relationship & Career
She got her graduation degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh. Thereafter, she transferred to the US and obtained her Master’s degree Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Texas, U.S.. She completed her second Masters and also did PhD in aerospace engineering in Boulder in the University of Colorado. Since then she was employed at NASA.
She joined NASA Astronaut Corp and picked for her maiden flight in the year 1998. In her first flight, she travelled a distance of around 10.4 million Kilometres. She was only the second Indian because Rakesh Sharma to travel in a spacecraft. She cried the malfunctioned Satellite, Spartan.
Following her first successful assignment, she was again picked for her second mission in 2000. Unfortunately, due to some technical faults, the assignment got delayed. In 2003, she aboard the space shuttle for the STS-107 mission. She along with six other crew members were a part of the ill-fated mission. While their entry to the Earth, their spacecraft got disintegrated and Kalpana Chawla along with crew members was missing.
She got several awards and recognition for her contributions. Both Indian and American governments honoured her on numerous occasions.
Kalpana Chawla died on 01-02-2003 in Texes, United States of America. The space shuttle disintegrated while re-entry into the atmosphere of Earth and she died alongwith seven crew members at the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy just landing before 16 minutes.