Kalpana Chawla was an American astronaut and the first female of Indian origin to go to space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster when the aircraft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Chawla was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and several streets, universities and institutions have been named in her honor.
|I don't know why I always liked aerospace engineering. I was in the 10th grade when I figured that's what I wanted to do.|
|I stopped thinking about it after trying to figure out what are the lessons learned, and there are so many. After I had basically sorted that out, I figured it's time to really look at the future and not at the past.||Time ;Future|
|I was interested in aerospace and flying, and the U.S. is really the best place in the world for flying.|
|Some of the senior people, the very senior astronauts, shook my hand and said, 'K.C., you did a great job. Don't let anyone tell you different.'|
|When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.|