Kalpana Chawla, a Life by Anil PadmanabhanThis book is a biography based on Kalpana Chawla who was one of the seven member crew of Columbia space shuttle , that disintegrated on its return journey to Earth on 1st Feb, 2003.Not delving into too much of details , this biography deals with the highlights of her career and the important events in her life , starting from her childhood, which helped her to achieve all that she dreamed of. She dreamed and always worked towards achieving her dreams and in the process she beat a lot of odds.It is an inspiring book, for everyone to dare to dream things which are not conventional in ones social set-up. It highlights Kalpanas vigour for life, generosity, intelligence and hunger to push boundaries, all done in sincere way by keeping a focus on her goal. Shy and unassuming by nature, she let her work speak for her capabilities. She always believed and told people that they should do whatever made them happy and the journey towards achieving the goal should be equally enjoyable and important as to one obtaining it. Her life is truly an awe-inspiring story.
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Remembering Kalpana Chawla: Facts about the 'Wonder Woman' of space
Kalpana Chawla March 17, — February 1, was an American astronaut, engineer , and the first woman of Indian descent to go to space. In , Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster when the spacecraft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Chawla was born on March 17, , in Karnal , Haryana, India, but her official date of birth was altered to July 1, , to allow her to become eligible for the matriculation exam. And, he did take us to the flying club and we had a joyride in the Pushpak  and a glider that the flying club had. In , Chawla graduated from the Tagore School, where she was a high-performing student.
The tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia killed seven astronauts. One of those, Kalpana Chawla, was the first Indian-born woman in space. Born in Karnal, India, on July 1, , Chawla was the youngest of four children. The name Kalpana means "idea" or "imagination. Chawla obtained a degree in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College before immigrating to the United States and becoming a naturalized citizen in the s.
Never miss a great news story! Get instant notifications from Economic Times Allow Not now. Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian-born woman to fly in space would have turned 55 today if not for that fateful accident on February 1, when Space Shuttle Columbia perished upon entry to the earth's atmosphere leading to her death and six other astronauts. Let's take a look at some facts about this wonder woman whose achievements continue to inspire many. Kalpana Chawla was born on March 17, , in Karnal, India. She was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in , as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator.
Chawla was the first woman to study aeronautical engineering at Punjab Engineering College; she continued her education at the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she earned a doctorate in aeronautical engineering - She was the first Indian-American astronaut and the first Indian woman to go into space.