Biography of Kalpana Chawla:

Early Life:

Kalpana Chawla was born on March 17, 1962, in Karnal, Haryana, India. She was fascinated by airplanes and flying from a young age, which inspired her to pursue a career in aeronautical engineering.
Early Life - Education and Early Career - NASA Career - Second Space Mission and Tragic Incident - Legacy of Kalpana Chawla
Biography of Kalpana Chawla

Education and Early Career:

Chawla earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh, India, in 1982. She then moved to the United States to further her studies. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1984 and a Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1988.

Kalpana Chawla’s NASA Career:

Kalpana Chawla joined NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in 1988. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen and was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1994. Chawla’s first space mission was aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. She became the first woman of Indian origin in space.

Second Space Mission and Tragic Incident:

Chawla’s second space mission was aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003 as a mission specialist and flight engineer. Tragically, the mission ended in disaster when the Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere on February 1, 2003. Kalpana Chawla, along with the other six crew members, lost her life in the accident.

Legacy of Kalpana Chawla:

Kalpana Chawla is remembered as a pioneering astronaut who broke barriers for women and people of Indian origin in the field of space exploration. She inspired countless individuals with her achievements and determination. In her honor, NASA named a supercomputer after her, and several scholarships, awards, and institutions have been established in her memory.
Kalpana Chawla’s life and legacy continue to serve as an inspiration to aspiring scientists, engineers, and astronauts around the world, highlighting the power of dedication, passion, and perseverance in achieving one’s dreams.