Kalpana chawla Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, DOB(Famous Birthday), Family, Husband, Net Worth

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Kalpana chawla (Monto)

Last Updated: 07 Mar, 2024 | Views: 476

Age: 40

Profession: Astronaut

Famous For: Late Indian-American astronaut and aerospace engineer

Higher Education: Masters of Science & PhD in Aerospace Engineering

Net Worth: $75 million

Kalpana chawla Birth Date, Sign, Religion, Nationality, Hometown

Date of Birth
17 Mar, 1962 (40 Years 10 Months 15 Days)

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Died on
01 Feb, 2003

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Kalpana chawla Early life, Education, Career, Awards, Achievements, Controversy, Unknown Facts

About (Profile/Biography)

Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian-born mechanical engineer and American astronaut to go to space. She flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia for the first time in 1997 as a primary robotic arm operator and mission specialist. She earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College in India before moving to the United States in 1982 and earning a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1984. Chawla earned a second Master's degree in 1986 and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1988.

Kalpana chawla Career

In 1988 – Chawla started her career at NASA Ames Research Center, where she studied computational fluid dynamics (CFD) on vertical and short take-off and landing (V/STOL) topics.

In 1993 – She became Vice President and Research Scientist at Overset Methods, Inc., where she specialized in the simulation of moving multiple body problems.

In 1997 – Her first space mission started with a six-person crew on the Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-87.

In 2001 – Chawla opted for her second flight as part of the STS-107 crew.

In 2003 – She died along with her six colleagues in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster during the mission's 28th mission, STS-107 when the Shuttle disintegrated during re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.

Kalpana chawla Achievements and Awards

In 2003 – She was awarded NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

In 2004 – Chawla was honored with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

In 2010 – Alumni of the International Space University established the Kalpana Chawla ISU Scholarship fund.

Kalpana chawla Unknown Facts

Her remains were scattered and cremated at a national park in Utah, US, as per her wishes.

Chawla met with India's Prime Minister IK Gujral and showed him photographs of the Himalayas taken from space.

Kalpana chawla Height, Weight, Eye Color, Hair

Height (Approx.)
In Centimeters 163 cm
In Meters 1.63 m
In feet Inches 5'4"

Weight (Approx.)
In Kilograms 55 Kg
In Pounds 121 lbs

Eye Color
Dark Brown

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Kalpana chawla Family, Parents, Kids, Father, Mother, Children

Father's Name
Banarasi Lal Chawla

Mother's Name
Sanjyothi Chawla

Jean-Pierre Harrison

Sanjay Chawla

Sunita Chawla, Deepa Chawla

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