Complete Biography of Kalapana Chawla

Biography of Kalpana Chawla:

Biography of Kalpana Chawla

India is called the land of great men and women. Many great women have been born in this great land. Kalpana Chawla was one of those.

In today's scientific history, her name has be written in golden letters. She was the first female spacewoman of India, whose name is taken from all over India with respect.


Biography of Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla was born on March 17, 1962 in Karnal city of India. Kalpana Chawla's father's name was Banarasi Lal Chawla and mother's name was Sanjyoti Chawla.

Her sisters are named Sunita and Deepa while her brother's name is Sanjay. Let me tell you that Kalpana was the youngest of her brothers and sisters. That's why she got more love from the family.



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Kalpana Chawla's Education

Her early education was from Karnal's school, Tegaur Bal Niketan. Kalpana had determined his goal in childhood  From the beginning, she wanted to become aeronautic engineer and she wanted to travel in space. His father wanted Kalapana to become a famous doctor.

But he understand the feelings of fantasy and allowed her to go into the field of engineering. To prove her dream, Kalpana Chawla completed her higher education in 1982 from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. She graduated from Aeronautical Engineering from this college.

Kalpana Chawla's Career

Kalpana Chawla went to America to make her dream come true and in 1982, she admitted to the 'Aerospace engineering' postgraduate in 'University of Texas'. She successfully completed this course in 1984. Meanwhile, in 1983, he married Jean-Pierre Harrison, who was a flying instructor.


The desire to become her astronaut was so strong that she also did a second postgraduate in Aerospace Engineering in 1986, and after that she completed P.H.D in the subject 'Aerospace engineering' in 1988 from the University of Colorado.

Kalpana Chawla was a certified flight instructor. Kalpana Chawla got certified flying instructor status for licenses of airplanes, gliders and commercial aviation. She was also licensed for commercial aircrafts for single and multi-engine aircrafts.

Due to its many degrees in the aerospace, Kalpana Chawla got a job as a vice president of 'Overseas Methods Inc' in 'Ames Research Center' in NASA in 1993.  In 1991, Kalpana Chawla acquired American citizenship and applied for NASA Astronaut Corp. In March 1995, they joined NASA Astronaut Corp and were selected for the first flight in 1996..


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Kalpana Chawla's First Space Journey

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His first space mission began on May 2, 1997, with six other astronauts, the space shuttle started with Columbia. Kalpana was very happy with this space journey.  After returning from his space journey, he used to talk only with his colleagues about the unique stories he had had on this journey for many days.

Kalpana Chawla's Second and Last Space Journey


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For the second time Kalpana Chawla was selected for the flight of Columbia.  There were six scientific passengers along with her in this flight. They went to space on January 16, 2003. On the morning of February 1, 2003, the spacecraft was returning to Earth and was about to land in the Kennedy Space Center.

After all types of research and consultation, a terrible event occurred during the entry of spacecraft into the Earth's atmosphere, due to which their spacecraft completely collapsed. It was a painful event for NASA and the entire world.

The accident was so fierce that six colleagues died in that accident, including Kalpana. Kalpana spent 760 hours in this flight in space and made 252 rounds of earth. Her death was like a heroic heroine, for this reason she got the title of National Heroine in India.

Some Other Things You Need To Know About Kalpana Chawla

1. A Great Lady

Kalpana Chawla is a great example for the youth of India and especially women. Kalpana showed the world that even the daughters of India are not less than anyone. Travel from small town like Karnal to space was very important for kalpana. India had named its first weather satellite named Kalpana 1 in honor of this great daughter.


2. Honour

● University of Texas dedicated memorial to Kalpana Chawla in Arlington College of Engineering in 2010. At its launch, the flight suit, photograph, Chawla's life information and a Columbia Astronaut flag was flagged on its display at the Johnson Space Center.

● Kalpana received posthumous prizes and honors, including the Space Medal of Honor, NASA Space Medal and NASA Vishisht Seva Medal.

● After the death of Kalpana in 2003, the Indian Prime Minister announced the name of seasonal satellite named after Kalpana. Because of which satellite named MetSat-1 was named after Kalpana. MetSat-1 was launched on 12 September 2002.

4. Inspiration

Kalpana not only made achievements in the world of space, but taught all the students to live dreams. Even though the Columbia Space Shuttle crashed on February 1, 2003, the fiction flight stopped but it still remains an example for the world. Her words became true in which she said that I am made for space.

5. Shocking News

According to the media report, after take off the flight of the Columbia Space Shuttle, it was known that it would not land on safe ground, it was decided that seven astronauts would be killed in the mouth. Yet they were not informed about this. The thing is shocking, but this is the truth. It was disclosed by Mission Columbia Program Manager.


6. Fearless Lady

Father explains that Kalpana never had laziness. Fear of failure was not in his mind. She used to fulfill that work that he had decided. Today Kalpana is not among us, but she is an example for all of us.

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