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A tribute to Kalpana Chawla : the first Indian woman in space

Sixteen years ago on this day, India lost one of its most talented children, Kalpana Chawla. She was one of seven crew members in NASA’sSpace Shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated minutes after launching from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The shuttle was 73 seconds into its flight when it blew up, silently, in a cloud of red, orange and white. Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian-born woman in space, and a role model for not just women around the world, but anyone that dreamt of being an astronaut. She went to space on two missions as a NASA astronaut –…

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