Kalpana Chawla The Woman Who made History
Kalpana Chawla made history on November 19, 1997 by becoming the first Indian woman to fly in Space. If Kalpana Chawla were to be alive today she would have been 56 Years as on 17th March, 2018. On her Birth Anniversary thousands of tributes were made on her name in Twitter where #KalpanaChawla also become trending for a while.
It seems befitting to know more about Kalpana Chawla life on her 56th Birth anniversary.
Early Life of Kalpana Chawla
Kalpana Chawla was born on 17th March 1962 in Karnal,India. But officially her birth date was changed to 1 July 1961 so that she could become eligible for the matriculation exam.
Who is Kalpana Chawla Husband?
Kalpana Chawla got married in 1983 to Jean-Pierre Harrison. He now runs a Publishing Company in Los Gatos, California. Also, Kalpana Chawla didn’t had any kids.
Kalpana Chawla Education Profile
- BE in Aeronautical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.
- MS in Aerospace Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington and University of Colorado Boulder
- PhD in Aerospace Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder
Kalpana Chawla Carrer/Job
- In 1988 started working for NASA
- In 1993 Joined Overset Methods, Inc a Vice President and Research Scientist
- In 1995 joined NASA Astronaut Corps
Kalpana Chawla achievements
- certificated Flight Instructor
- Second Indian Astronaut
- First Indian woman to fly in space
- First Space Mission – 19th Nov, 1997
- Second Space Mission – 16th January 2003
How did Kalpana Chawla Died?
On 1st Feb,2003 She was killed along with her six crew when the Space Shuttle Columbia on its re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere disintegrated. At the time of her death, Kalpana Chawla was 40 years old
Kaplana Chawla remains were cremated and scattered at National Park in Utah as per her wishes.
Kalpana Chawla Last message to India
In the video, Kalpana Chawla had a long conversation with then Indian Prime Minister IK Gujral and one point she said “Its a very special feeling. All the words said for the beauty of stars and, seem literal now.”
In Honor of Kalpana Chawla
- Indian PM IK Gujral renamed MetSat-1 satellite to Kalpana-1
- Chawla is one of NASA’s supercomputer name.
- Kalpana Chawla Way is the renamed 74th street in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City.
- Kalpana Chawla Awards – Govt. of Karnataka in 2004
- Kalpana Chawla ISU Scholarship
The rumour has it there is Kalpana Chawla Biopic Movie is on the works and Priyanka Chopra as its lead actress.