Kalpana Chawla was the first woman of Indian descent to go to space. She was born on 17 march,1962 in Karnal, Haryana and the first women who went into space in 1997 and became the second Indian person to fly in space following astronaut Rakesh Sharma.
She died on 1st Feb 2003 at the age of 40yrs and fondly been recalled by the world for her outstanding achievements and success in space.
She became the role model for many young women in India as well as around the world.
In 2003 Kalpana Chawla died in a space shuttle disaster in Columbia. Upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere the shuttle disintegrated over Texas.
Kalpana Chawla was retrospectively awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and several streets, colleges and institutions have been named in her honor. She is regarded as a national hero in India.
Many Indians including several political leaders paid homage to Kalpana Chawla on twitter.
Remembering first woman of Indian descent to go to space #KalpanaChawla on her death anniversary. Her life journey always inspire many people to conquer their dreams..@CLEOPATRACinem1 pic.twitter.com/JgXJkbTRtz— CLEOPATRA Cinemas (@CLEOPATRACinem1) February 1, 2020
“The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it. Wishing you a great journey” – Kalpana Chawla— Kuldeep Bishnoi (@bishnoikuldeep) February 1, 2020
A humble to tribute to Haryana ki beti #KalpanaChawla on her commemmoration day 🙏 pic.twitter.com/oA1xtwQqRh
Remembering #KalpanaChawla on her death anniversary.— Dayanand Kamble (@dayakamPR) February 1, 2020
She was the first woman of Indian-origin to fly to space. In her will #KalpanaChawla had said that after her demise her ashes be either scattered over the Himalayas or the Zion National Park in Utah.
Humble Tributes. pic.twitter.com/EXdp1qfZcs
India’s first woman in space, #KalpanaChawla, continues to be an inspiration for millions. Tributes to the symbol of courage & dedication on her death anniversary!— Abhishek Dutt (@duttabhishek) February 1, 2020
Remembering the first woman in space #KalpanaChawla on her death anniversary. A true idol who made history.— NSUI (@nsui) February 1, 2020
Her legacy is one that encourages young girls & women everywhere to conquer their dreams and strive on. pic.twitter.com/PgXXMoEZAf
We remember one who was on every girl’s ‘I want to grow up and be Kalpana Chawla” wish.— All India Mahila Congress (@MahilaCongress) February 1, 2020
With her giant leap as first Indian woman in space, she gave wings to the dreams of young girls in the small towns and villages that nothing is impossible.
Our homage!#KalpanaChawla pic.twitter.com/g9MktKSYJo
India Untold with @sunitaiyer | On Feb 1, 2003, India’s #KalpanaChawla died along with 6 others in @NASA‘s Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Here’s the lesser-known story of her childhood.@isro @ISRO_News @IndiaDST @drharshvardhan @yschowdary @PMOIndia @NASA_Astronauts pic.twitter.com/fAVHSVYOAJ— MyNation (@MyNation) February 1, 2020
“I would say if you have a dream, follow it. It doesn’t really matter whether you are a woman or from India or from wherever. . . “— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) February 1, 2020
Remebering the first Indian woman in space, astronaut #KalpanaChawla on her death anniversary. pic.twitter.com/FCa3uvjHiW
Remembering astronaut #KalpanaChawla , who on this day in 2003, was part of 7-member crew that perished in the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster. The girl from Haryana’s Karnal has made every Indian proud. pic.twitter.com/MOErQdsdAp— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) February 1, 2020
The first Indian origin woman to be in the space #KalpanaChawla will be remembered forever. I salute her determination, her perseverance and above all her courage to defy odds. pic.twitter.com/orZHDmvQ3v— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) February 1, 2020