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Kalpana Chawla

  • Birth 17 Mar 1962 Karnal, Haryana, India
  • Death 1 Feb 2003
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 7135439

United States Astronaut. She was a National Aeronautics and Space Administration mission specialist crewmember of the Space Shuttle Columbia when it disintegrated in orbit around the Earth on February 1, 2003. Born Karnal, Punjab, India, she held a Ph.D in aerospace engineering when she began working for NASA in 1988. She had flown aboard the Columbia during its November 1997 mission, becoming the first women of Indian origin to fly in space. She was one of seven NASA astronauts to be killed during its January-February 2003 mission when debris struck the ship and caused it to explode.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Erik Lander
  • Added: 1 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7135439
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kalpana Chawla (17 Mar 1962–1 Feb 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7135439, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.