Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, India on March 17, 1962 (d. February 1, 2003). She was the first Indian American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She graduated from Tagore School, Karnal, India, in 1976, earned a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College, India, 1982. She received a master of science degree in aerospace engineering from University of Texas, 1984 and a doctorate of philosophy in aerospace engineering from University of Colorado, 1988. Chawla died in the space shuttle Columbia disaster which occurred on February 1, 2003, when the space shuttle disintegrated over Texas during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, with the loss of all seven crew members.
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