Kalpana Chawla

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Birthday
17, 1962
Birthplace
Karnal, India
Death Date
Feb 1, 2003 (40)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
17, 1962
Birthplace
Karnal, India
Death Date
Feb 1, 2003 (40)

About

NASA's first Indian astronaut and the first Indian-born woman in space. She died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

Before Fame

She earned her undergraduate degree in India, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Trivia

Days after her death, India's Prime Minister announced the renaming of a series of weather satellites to KAPLANA in her honor.

Family Life

She grew up in Karnal, Haryana. In 1983, she married Jean-Pierre Harrison.

Associated With

Laurel Clark was also aboard the ill-fated Columbia shuttle when it disintegrated.