(Indian-American astronaut and space shuttle mission specialist.)
Born: 1 July 1961 Karnal, Haryana, India
Died: 1 February 2003 (aged 41) Over Texas
Previous occupation: Research Scientist
Space time: 31d 14h 54m
Selection: 1994 NASA Group
Missions: STS-87, STS-107Kalpana Chawla was an Indian-American astronaut and space shuttle mission specialist. She was one of seven crewmembers killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
* Chawla was a vegetarian.
* On her mission, she carried a white silk banner as part of a worldwide campaign to honor teachers, as well as nearly two dozen CDs, including ones by Abida Parveen, Yehudi Menuhin, Ravi Shankar, and Deep Purple.* She enjoyed birdwatching, backpacking, hiking, flying, and reading.EDUCATION:
* Tagore Public School, Karnal for her earlier schooling.
* aeronautical engineering at Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh, India.
* 1982 where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. ( She was one of the three women in the college at the time. )
* Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington (1984).
* second Master of Science degree in 1986 and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering in 1988 from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
* Kalpana in Sanskrit means “imagination of the mind” and thus also “creation.”
* Her interest in flying was inspired by J. R. D. Tata, a pioneering Indian pilot and industrialist.
* she began working for NASA Ames Research Center as vice president of Overset Methods, Inc. where she did CFD research on V/STOL.
Awards: Posthumously awarded:
* Congressional Space Medal of Honor
* NASA Space Flight Medal
* NASA Distinguished Service Medal
* Defense Distinguished Service Medal (DDSM).
* Kalpana Chawla Memorial Scholarship program was instituted by Indian students association (ISA) at the [University of Texas at El Paso] [(UTEP)] in 2005 for meritorious graduate students.
* Kalpana Chawla Award award was instituted by the government of Karnataka in 2004 for young women scientists.
* NASA has dedicated a super computer to Kalpana.
Kalpana Chawla (second row, second right) when she was in Standard VI.
Kalpana Chawla and her husband (standing) with students of the Tagore Bal Niketan.
Kalpana Chawla in Space Shuttle Columbia
Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
The crew of STS-107. L to R: Brown, Husband, Clark, Chawla, Anderson, McCool, Ramon.
Some good videos from youtube:
Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster from NASA TV:
Kalpana Chawla Before leaving earth: