NASA honors Kalpana Chawla and other Astronauts killed in Columbia Shuttle

Kalpana Chawla
The Denver Post

On this upcoming 1st February, 15 years will be completed when Kalpana Chawla and six other astronauts killed in Columbia space shuttle. It was crumbled when taking re-entry on the earth, feb.1 2003. NASA also held its annual “Day of Remembrance” on 25th January to honor fallen astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center.Many people gathered there and left flowers at the memorials.The next remembrance will be on the same day 1st Feb on the City of Lubbock’s Silent Wings Museum.

Columbia Shuttle’s command was in hand of Rick Husband, William McCool was the pilot, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Anderson, Laurel Clark and David Brown were given the mission specialists duty and Israeli Ilan Ramon was the payload specialist. These all astronaut were on 16-day space research project.

Columbia Shuttle and all its crew members lost their lives in the western United States during re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. According to the NASA, these all astronauts have successfully completed their 80% research in life, physical and space science.


Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian origin astronaut who worked for NASA. Born in karnal Haryana, The Astraunaut did her engineering from Punjab Engineering College and Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1984.She started working for NASA in 1988 and She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator.






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