Kalpana Chawla first Indian female Indian-American Astronaut to go to space. She was born as an ordinary girl on 17th March in a small town of Karnal in Haryana, but her extraordinary choices to follow her dreams made her inspiration to the women all around the globe. Kalpana Chawla is an epitome of how you can turn one common life into a legend by your great achievements and deeds.

Kalpana was one of the people who lived their life productive enough to remain alive for forever in the hearts and minds of the others. As the saying goes ‘Great People Never Die’ Kalpana made her life great enough to inspire many even after she died early at the age of 40. On 1st February 2003, Kalpana died while Columbia flight STS-107 was returning back to the earth. The shuttle was malfunctioned and disintegrated and that caused the death of Kalpana Chawla along with six of her other crew members. A girl who dreamt of winning the stars and space was lost in the space for forever.

Every country has some of its heroes and India is proud that she is one of ours. The life and achievements of her life continue to inspire us and she will never be forgotten. Born in a male dominant society she conquered every heart as a king and touched the sky with her dreams. Words will never be enough to write about her but we have compiled 10 rare facts about her which make her the best example of being a hero.

Here Are 10 Rare Facts We Bet You Don’t Know About Kalpana Chawla:

1. She had a clear vision of what she wanted to achieve.

Kalpana Chawla 12. She had too many Degrees to her name.

Kalpana Chawla  23. This was when she was training to become a certified pilot herself.

Kalpana Chawla 34. Apart from studies, she also had many hobbies.

Kalpana Chawla 45. Her passion got her here.

Kalpana Chawla  56. Her love for flying was well-known.

Kalpana Chawla  67. Awards and Kalpana, go hand-in-hand.

Kalpana Chawla  78. Her life-long dream turned into reality.

Kalpana Chawla  89. She truly was a born decision-maker.

Kalpana Chawla  910. She still remains in our hearts.

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17 March, 2016
Avni S. Singh

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