Kalpana Chawla
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"NASA Astronaut"

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/ birth_date = March 17, 1962

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/ 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

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"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.

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