#KalpanaChawla

17 March.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Kalpana Chawla was part of space flight STS-87 which successfully orbited the Earth in 1999 . (Photo Credit: Twitter/@NASA)

  • India's meteorological series of satellites, METSAT, was named after Kalpana Chawla
  • In 2010, alumni of the International Space University founded the Kalpana Chawla ISU Scholarship fund
  • The University of Colorado gives the Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

17 March.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Kalpana Chawla was born on March 17, 1962 in Karnal, Haryana. (Photo credit: NASA)

  • Kalpana Chawla was honoured with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 2004
  • She was the first Indian-origin woman to travel to space
  • She died in 2003, after her spaceship disintegrated before re-entering into the Earth's atmosphere

17 March.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, Haryana (Photo Credit: Twitter/@NASAhistory)

  • Chawla completed her post-graduation in the country in the field of aerospace engineering
  • She also had a keen interest in the performing arts
  • NASA named the SGI Altix 300 supercomputer after her

17 March.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Kalpana Chawla was born on March 17, 1961. (Photo Credit: @NASAhistory)

  • Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, Haryana
  • In 1999, she scripted history by becoming the first India-born woman to go to space
  • She was a part of not one, but two space missions