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Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003) was an American astronaut, engineer, and the first woman of Indian descent to go to space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster when the spacecraft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Chawla was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and several streets, universities and institutions have been named in her honor. The late astronaut is recognized as a national hero in India.

"Named after Dr. Kalpana Chawla"

Kalpana Chawla work and legacy has impacted many institutions and communities around the world. This is only a small compilation of tributes made in her honor.
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Education of Kalpana Chawla

4 Educational Institution(s) are currently recorded in Wikidata about Kalpana Chawla

Where Kalpana Chawla Worked

3 Employers of Kalpana Chawla Are Currently Recorded in Wikidata

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Ames Research Center

  • field of work:
    computational fluid dynamics
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    vertical and/or short take-off and landing
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Ames Research Center
NASA research center
Mountain View

Overset Methods, Inc.

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    vice president
Company Name:
Overset Methods, Inc.
Los Altos

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Washington, D.C.

Timeline of Kalpana Chawla

Moments are currently recorded in Wikidata about Kalpana Chawla

People Relevant to Kalpana Chawla

11 People are currently recorded in Wikidata connected to Kalpana Chawla

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Crew Member (STS-107)
  • Israeli fighter pilot and later the first Israeli astronaut
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Crew Member (STS-87)
  • Ukrainian cosmonaut
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Crew Member (STS-87)
  • japanese astronaut
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Crew Member (STS-87)
  • American navy officer and astronaut
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Crew Member (STS-87)
  • American astronaut
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Crew Member (STS-87)
  • American astronaut
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Crew Member (STS-107)
  • American physician and astronaut
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Crew Member (STS-107)
  • astronaut, scientist
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Crew Member (STS-107)
  • A U.S. Navy Commander, NASA astronaut and the pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia which was destroyed during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere in 2003.
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Crew Member (STS-107)
  • American astronaut
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Crew Member (STS-107)
  • American astronaut

Map of Kalpana Chawla and Influence

44 Locations are currently recorded in Wikidata about Kalpana Chawla

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Overset Methods, Inc.
Ames Research Center
Zion National Park
University of Colorado Boulder
Tagore Baal Niketan Sr. Sec. School, Karnal
PEC University of Technology
University of Texas at Arlington
Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College
Kalpana Chawla Way
Kalpana Chawla Award
Chawla Hall
Kalpana Chawla ISU Scholarship
Kalpana Chawla Memorial Scholarship
Kalpana Chawla Memorial (University of Texas)
Kalpana Chawla Hostel (Delhi Technological University)
Kalpana Chawla Memorial Planetarium
Kalpana Chawla Space Technology Cell
Chawla Way (California, MD)
Kalpana Chawla Bhawan
SRM Kalpana Chawla Girls Hostel
Kalpna Chawla Girls Hostel (SIRT)
Kalpana Chawla Girls Hostel Vellore (VIT University)
Kalpana Chawla Ground
Kalpana Chawla Girls Hostel (SATI)
Kalpana Chawla Hostel (Pondicherry University)
Kalpana Chawla Marg
Dr. Kalpana Chawla Chowk
Kalpana Chawla Marg Play Park
Kalpana Chawla Block (AVIT)
ABES Kalpana Chawla Block
Kalpana Chawla City Park
Kalpana Chawla Park
Kalpana Chawla International School
Kalpana Chawla Engineering Girls Hostel
Kalpana Chawla Hall of Residence
Kalpana Chawla Government Polytechnic for Women
Safina Center Kalpana Chawla ‘Launchpad’ Fellowship
Chawla Hill

Named After Kalpana Chawla

39 Instance(s) Are Currently Recorded in Wikidata

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Works By and About Kalpana Chawla Are Currently Recorded in Wikidata

articles that Kalpana Chawla Contributed To

Awards of Kalpana Chawla

3 Awards & Honors Recieved By Kalpana Chawla Are Currently Recorded in Wikidata

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