10 Things To Know About Kalpana Chawla: The First Indian Woman in Space

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After finishing school from Karnal, Kalpana pursued a course in aeronautical engineering at Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. After finishing school from Karnal, Kalpana pursued a course in aeronautical engineering at Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

After finishing school from Karnal, Kalpana pursued a course in aeronautical engineering at Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

She got married to Jean-Pierre Harrison in 1983, who was a flying instructor and an aviation author. She got married to Jean-Pierre Harrison in 1983, who was a flying instructor and an aviation author.

She got married to Jean-Pierre Harrison in 1983, who was a flying instructor and an aviation author.

Harisson - who runs a publishing house in California - has authored a book about her life, The Edge of Time: The Authoritative Biography of Kalpana Chawla, which was released in 2011. The book reveals many fascinating insights on her life. Harisson - who runs a publishing house in California - has authored a book about her life, The Edge of Time: The Authoritative Biography of Kalpana Chawla, which was released in 2011. The book reveals many fascinating insights on her life.

Harisson - who runs a publishing house in California - has authored a book about her life, The Edge of Time: The Authoritative Biography of Kalpana Chawla, which was released in 2011. The book reveals many fascinating insights on her life.

She was responsible for development and implementation of efficient techniques to perform aerodynamic optimization. Results of various projects that Kalpana Chawla participated in are documented in technical conference papers and journals. She was responsible for development and implementation of efficient techniques to perform aerodynamic optimization. Results of various projects that Kalpana Chawla participated in are documented in technical conference papers and journals.

She was responsible for development and implementation of efficient techniques to perform aerodynamic optimization. Results of various projects that Kalpana Chawla participated in are documented in technical conference papers and journals.

She became a naturalized US citizen in April 1991 and applied for the NASA Astronaut Corps. She became a naturalized US citizen in April 1991 and applied for the NASA Astronaut Corps.

She became a naturalized US citizen in April 1991 and applied for the NASA Astronaut Corps.

In 1997, she became the first Indian-born woman and the second Indian person to fly in space. In 1997, she became the first Indian-born woman and the second Indian person to fly in space.

In 1997, she became the first Indian-born woman and the second Indian person to fly in space.

She spent 31days 14hours 54minutes in space over the span of her two flights. She spent 31days 14hours 54minutes in space over the span of her two flights.

She spent 31days 14hours 54minutes in space over the span of her two flights.

She was honoured with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, NASA Space Flight Medal and NASA Distinguished Service Medal. She was honoured with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, NASA Space Flight Medal and NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

She was honoured with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, NASA Space Flight Medal and NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

Apart from astronomy, Kalpana liked poetry, dancing, cycling and running. She also used to take part at sports events and was invariably first in all the races. She was indeed a creative astronaut. Apart from astronomy, Kalpana liked poetry, dancing, cycling and running. She also used to take part at sports events and was invariably first in all the races. She was indeed a creative astronaut.

Apart from astronomy, Kalpana liked poetry, dancing, cycling and running. She also used to take part at sports events and was invariably first in all the races. She was indeed a creative astronaut.

On February 1, 2003, along with 7 crew members, she died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. The Space Shuttle disintegrated over Texas during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. On February 1, 2003, along with 7 crew members, she died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. The Space Shuttle disintegrated over Texas during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

On February 1, 2003, along with 7 crew members, she died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. The Space Shuttle disintegrated over Texas during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Kalpana Chawla was an Indian American astronaut and the first woman of Indian origin in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. Here are a few things about her that will inspire you and will make you more of her than you already are. 
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