Kalpana Chawla : The first woman of Indian origin to go to space.

Kalpana Chawla (17 March 1962 – 1 February 2003) was an American astronaut, engineer, and the 1st lady of Indian origin to go to space. She initially flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission trained professional 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 reemergence into the Earth’s atmosphere. Chawla was posthumously Awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor,and a few roads, colleges, and establishments have been named in her

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