Today is the 13th death anniversary of Kalpana Chawla who was an Indian-American astronaut and the first Indian woman in space.
Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, Punjab,India. She was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator.
She completed her earlier schooling at Tagore Baal Niketan Senior Secondary School, Karnal and completed her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Punjab Engineering College at Chandigarh in 1982.
Later in 1982, She moved to the United States where she obtained a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1984.
The Conversation she had with the College principle was let You know about her Attitude about Life.
Yes, I am serious sir!’ she said in all excitement. She was sitting in front of the college principal on the admission day. The college was in a distant town and was far from her small village.
‘I see you are excited,’ Principal began in a calm voice. ‘But you must understand that it’s not usual here. Your academic performance is great, pick whichever stream you want, but why this one?’
‘Sir,’ she responded in her calm voice. ‘I dreamed this! I want to do this! I know I can and ever since I knew what I loved this, I wanted to live this!’
‘But you will be alone! Do not expect other girls to join you! Which girl does this course? This stream is a monopoly of boys,’
‘Tell me one thing Sir, why should I curb my dream just because I am a girl? And do I look like a normal girl to you? I know making my dream into a reality isn’t that improbable. Give me a chance and I will prove my worth.’ she replied. Her voice was firm.
The principal knew that moment, that she was more than the boy-cut hair and jeans. He felt like he was being interviewed by that 18-year-old petite girl. She had the will to survive and sheer determination to win. He looked deep into her eyes and they were sparkling with confidence.
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here is the Best Lines Said by her
“When you look at the stars and the galaxy,y ou feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.” –Kalpana Chawla