/ image =Kalpana Chawla, NASA photo portrait in orange suit.jpg
/ birth_date = March 17, 1962
/ death_date =
/ birth_place =Karnal, East Punjab/Punjab, India
/ death_place =Aboard Space Shuttle Columbia over Texas, U.S.
/ previous_occupation =Scientist/Research Scientist
/ alma_mater = Punjab Engineering College University of Texas at Arlington University of Colorado at Boulder
/ selection =List of astronauts by selection#1994/1994 NASA Group
/ time =31 days, 14 hours, 54 minutes
/ mission =STS-87, STS-107
/ insignia =File:Sts-87-patch.png/40px File:STS-107 Flight Insignia.svg/40px
/ awards =
"Kalpana Chawla" (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003) was born in Karnal, India. She was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in 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 killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous astronauts! More Kalpana Chawla on Wikipedia.