Kalpana Chawla

Astronaut

1961 – 2003

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Who was Kalpana Chawla?

Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, India. She was the first Indian American astronaut and first Indian woman in 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 killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

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Born
Jul 1, 1961
Karnal
Parents
Spouses
Religion
  • Hinduism
Ethnicity
  • Indian American
  • Punjabi diaspora
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Punjab Engineering College
    Aeronautical Engineering
    ( - 1982)
  • Master of Science, University of Texas at Arlington
    Aerospace Engineering
    ( - 1984)
  • PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder
    Aerospace Engineering
    ( - 1988)
  • Panjab University, Chandigarh
Lived in
  • Karnal
Died
Feb 1, 2003
Texas

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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