Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003) was an American astronaut of Indian origin. She was the first Indian-American astronaut and the first Indian woman to go into space. She got married to flight instructor Jean-Pierre Harrison.
|File:Kalpana Chawla, NASA photo portrait in blue suit.jpg|
|Died||February 1, 2003 (aged 40)|
|Alma mater||Punjab Engineering College |
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Colorado at Boulder
Time in space
|31 days, 14 hours, 54 minutes|
|Selection||1994 NASA Group|
She was born in Karnal, Haryana. She got a degree in aronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering elementary school. She moved to America and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in the 1990s. She earned a master's degree in aronautical
In 2000, Chawla was selected for her second voyage into space, serving again as a mission specialist on STS-107. The mission was delayed several times, and finally launched in 2003. Over the course of the 16-day flight, the crew completed more than 80 experiments. Kalpana was one of the seven people killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003.