Kalpana Chawla, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Kalpana Chawla

American astronaut

Date of Birth: 17-Mar-1962

Place of Birth: Karnal, Haryana, India

Date of Death: 01-Feb-2003

Profession: astronaut, engineer, aerospace engineer

Nationality: United States, India

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Kalpana Chawla

  • Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003) was an American astronaut, engineer, and the first woman of Indian descent to go to space.
  • She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator.
  • In 2003, 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 posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and several streets, universities and institutions have been named in her honor.
  • The late astronaut is recognized as a national hero in India.
  • She was in space for 336 hours during research mission.

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