Kalpana Chawla: The First Indian Woman in Space
Kalpana Chawla was India’s first woman aeronautical engineer to go to space. Kalpana has been a role model to several women in terms of achievement and contributions to the field of aeronautics and space.
She was growing up in a male dominant society. Kalpana Chawla never let her dreams of flying be affected in any way. In fact she was the first Indian woman to study aeronautical engineering in her time.
Kalpana Chawla Biography:
Born On: July 1st, 1961
Born In: Karnal in Haryana
Died On: February 1st, 2003
Career: Astronaut, Aeronautic Engineer
Kalpana Chawla’s Career:
Indian role model Kalpana Chawla was a certified flight instructor who rated aircrafts and gilders. She also held a commercial pilot license for single and multi-engine airplanes, hydroplanes and gliders.
She was a licensed Technician class Amateur Radio person certified by the Federal Communication commission.
In her time Kalpana Chawla created history for being the first Indian woman to travel in a space. After the Spartan Satellite incident, she was given a technical position. Her excellent work was recognized and awarded.
In 2000, Kalpana was again assigned on her second flight mission as a part of Flight STS-107.
Kalpana Chawla’s Achievements:
Kalpana was the first Indian woman to travel in a space shuttle for 372 hours and complete 252 rotations around the Earth’s atmosphere. Her achievements have been an inspiration to many others in India and abroad.
There are many science institutions named after her. She has been also role model for my people.
During her time, she was awarded with three awards namely the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, NASA Space Flight Medal and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.
Kalpana Chawla’s Death:
She was on February 1st 2003 that the space shuttle, STS-107, collapsed over the Texas region when it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere. This unfortunate event ended the lives of seven crew members including India woman Kalpana.