Kalpana Chawla: An Angel Of Space, Whose Nee Fills Big Dreams In The Little Eyes Of Daughters.






Birthday Special | Kalpana Chawla, the angel of space, is the inspiration of millions of daughters. She was an astronaut and space shuttle mission specialist. Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian woman to go into space. The meaning of the name of Kalpana is "idea" or "imagination". Kalpana loved the world of space since childhood. Kalpana wanted to become an engineer since childhood. And wanted to fly into space. Accordingly, Kalpana did her studies. Kalpana started working at NASA's Research Center. Who was working on power-lift computational fluid dynamics? Kalpana joined NASA as an astronaut in 1995.


Astronaut Kalpana Chawla was born on 17 March 1962 in the city of Karnal, Haryana. Kalpana Chawla's father's name was Banarasi Lal Chawla and their mother's name was Sanjyoti Devi. Kalpana was the youngest of four siblings in her household. Everyone in the house used to call Kalpana as Montu. Kalpana Chawla expressed her desire to become an engineer when she was in 8th grade. Kalpana's mother then respected his wishes and inspired him to move forward. But Kalpana's father had other dreams. Kalpana's father wanted to make her a doctor or teacher.

Kalpana's first flight in Pushpak aircraft

At that time there was an AVIATION CLUB in Karnal. Where small Pushpak planes used to fly. Kalpana would also have the desire to fly by looking at Pushpak Vimana. One day Kalpana's father took her to AVIATION CLUB and took her on a flight. Kalpana's father had taken a trip to Pushpak aircraft to younger Kalpana and younger brother.

Kalpana Chawla's education

Kalpana Chawla received her early education from Tagore Public School in Karnal. Kalpana received further education from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. Kalpana did aeronautical engineering in Chandigarh. Kalpana moved to America in 1982. Kalpana then did her higher education at the University of Texas. From where Kalpana did her MA in Aerospace Engineering. did. Kalpana Chawla started working at NASA's AIIMS Research Center since 1988. Kalpana Chawla started working at NASA's AIIMS Research Center since 1988. In 1995, he was selected as an astronaut. He married French Jean Pierre.

Kalpana Chawla's first space trip

Kalpana got US citizenship in 1991. In 1995, Kalpana joined NASA's Astronaut Corps. Kalpana's first space mission began on November 19, 1997, with six-space passengers on board the space shuttle Columbia's flight STS-87. Kalpana was the first Indian woman to fly into space and the second Indian. Kalpana spent more than 360 hours on her first mission. Kalpana made 252 revolutions of the earth, covering 10.67 million kilometers in her first mission.

Kalpana Chawla's second space trip

In 2002, Kalpana Chawla was selected for the second space flight. Kalpana was included in the crew of the STS-107 flight of the Columbia spacecraft. But due to the delay in the mission, this flight Kalpana boarded Columbia on 16 January 2003 and started the STS-107 mission. This was Kalpana's second and last flight. It was a 16-day flight. Everyone's eyes get filled by remembering about this flight.

Kalpana's last journey

On the morning of February 1, 2003, the spacecraft Columbia was scheduled to land back at the Kennedy Space Center on Earth. But at launch, a briefcase-shaped piece of insulation that controls the heat was broken and damaged the shuttle's thermal protection system, which protects the shuttle from overheating.

The reason for the plane crash

As the shuttle passed through the atmosphere, it was filled with hot air that caused it to become extremely hot, the shuttle rolled round and round and finally broke into several pieces. The shuttle broke over Texas and Louisiana before falling to the ground. All this happened in a span of one minute and all the astronauts aboard the spacecraft were killed. If the accident had been postponed for 16 minutes, all the passengers would have returned safely.


According to some media reports, it was known as soon as the Columbia spacecraft took flight that it would never return to Earth. But Kalpana and her colleagues were not aware of this. This was explained by the Programming Manager of Columbia.

Kalpana Chawla's achievements

Kalpana is called the pride of India and at the same time she was ideal for other girls. She was the first Indian woman to travel in space in 372 hours and completed 252 revolutions around the Earth. His achievements have been an inspiration to many others in India and abroad. There are many science institutes named after him.

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