Kalpana Chawla

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Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962February 1, 2003) was an Indian-born American astronaut and space shuttle mission specialist. She was one of seven crewmembers who died aboard Space Shuttle Columbia during mission STS-107 when the shuttle disintegrated on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.


Asian Week Feb. 7 - Feb 13, 2003[edit]

  • The coolest thing for me is the experience of floating and not feeling my weight. And hanging by a window just after sunset and watching the stars in the big black dome of the sky as the earth moves underneath.
  • It was starting to get dim outside, so you got to see your own reflection. And there is the Earth, and you can still see the Earth’s surface and the dark sky overhead. And I could then see my reflection in the window and in the retina of my eye the whole earth and the sky could be seen reflected. So I called all the crew members one by one and they saw it, and they said, 'oh wow'.

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