The Indian born girl,who gave wings to her dreams and still lives in the hearts of thousands of Indians,nation pays tribute to her daughter Kalpana Chawla on her 16th death anniversary.
Humble tributes to #KalpanaChawla on her death anniversary. It has been 16 years since she left us in the Columbia Space Shuttle mishap. We remember her for her astronomical achievements. She continues to inspire all, especially young women, who aspire to become astronauts. pic.twitter.com/J49A3u1Rzr
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) 1 February 2019
Born in Karnal, Haryana, Chawla died on February 1, 2003, over the southern United States when Space Shuttle Columbia and the crew perished during entry, 16 minutes prior to scheduled landing. She is survived by her husband. Chawla was an enthusiastic hiker, back-packer and reader. She held a Certificated Flight Instructor’s license with airplane and glider ratings, Commercial Pilot’s licenses for single- and multi-engine land and seaplanes, and Gliders, and instrument rating for airplanes.
The Indian-born Chawla was one of the seven astronauts killed when Space Shuttle Columbia broke up.
Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian-born woman in space, and a role model for not just women around the world, but anyone that dreamt of being an astronaut. She went to space on two missions as a NASA astronaut – both on space shuttle Columbia.
After finishing her studies in Tagore Bal Nikethan school,Karnal,Chawla did her aeronautical engineer graduation from Punjab Engineering College before she immigrated to America and got her US citizenship in the 1980s. She went to do her doctoral studies in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado in 1988, and began working at NASA’s Ames Research Center the very year.Being picked up as astronaut candidate in 1994.
In just a year, she was chosen as a representative for NASA’s Astronaut Office. She worked with robotic displays and software testing for spacecrafts during her time there.She made her first space voyage in 1997 in Coloumbia and during her second tenure she lost her life in the very Coloumbia space shuttle.