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Essay, Paragraph or Speech on “Kalpana Chawla” Complete English Essay, Speech for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian-American astronaut. She was the first Indian woman in space. Kalpana was born on 17 March 1962 in Karnal, a small town in Haryana. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist. In 2003, she was one of the seven-crew members who were killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

She got her primary education in a local school where she was just an average student. She had a great fascination for aeroplanes from her childhood. She wanted to fly in the open sky like a bird. Therefore, she joined Punjab Engineering College to study in aerospace engineering. With hard-work and dedication, she got top rank. Later she went to USA for further studies.

Kalpana was a genius. She wanted to achieve more and more. She joined National Aeronautics and Space Administration popularly known as NASA. She was selected by NASA to be an astronaut in 1994. By March 1995, she reported to the Johnson Space Center as a candidate in the 151th Group of Astronauts. Her path to the stars was full of extremely complex technical needs. However, this did not make her lose hope.

 Her big moment arrived in 1997, when she made her first space mission with the Space Shuttle flight STS-187. it was a 16-day research mission. During the mission, she studied-the Sun’s outer atmosphere layers. This was not the end of her life’s mission. She desired to make many more missions.

It was again a prideful moment for her when she was assigned to the crew of STS-107 in January 2003. The US space shuttle Columbia lifted Kalpana and her six-crew members on January 16, 2003. In the beginning, everything was all right. Columbia’s crew completed more than 80 scientific research experiments. They were very happy, as they had achieved their goal. Now it was the time to come back on Earth.

On 1st February 2003, after 16 days, Columbia was returning to Earth. At a height of 207,000 feet over Texas, USA it lost contact and exploded. All seven astronauts were killed. The Space Shuttle broke into small parts and pieces. The disaster took place during its re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Kalpana Chawla was such a heroic character who always wanted to do something filled with new ideas and risk. She wanted to lead an adventurous. Her life itself was a great adventure. She had great love for her motherland. She never forgot her native place and her country. With her strong will power and successes, she rose to a great height. We all are proud of her.

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