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Heartfelt tribute to First Indian Woman Astronaut : Happy Birthday Kalpana Chawla

NewDelhi, March 17: The first Indian woman astronaut Kalpana Chawla was born on 17th March 1962 in Karnal, Haryana. People across the world today are paying tributes to lady who stepped space and became the pride for all of us.

Kalpana sets the example for all young lady of India who bags the big dreams with them. She fought hard against various rules set by her society to change her dreams into reality.

She first moved to US in 1982 after completing engineering in India. There she studied aerospace engineering and joined National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) later. She served in various roles including as the Vice President of Overset Methods, Inc at NASA  Research Centre.

She first travelled to space on 19 November 1997, as part of the six-astronaut crew that flew the Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-87.

In one of her interviews She said “I really never, ever thought, while pursuing my studies or doing anything else that I was a woman or a person from a small city or a different country. I pretty much had my dreams like anyone else and I followed them. And people who were around me, fortunately, always encouraged me and said, ‘If that’s what you want to do, carry on’.” 

India paid a contribution by declaring the meteorological series of satellites as Kalpana which was earlier name as MetSat. The first satellite, MetSat-1 was then renamed as Kalpana-1, NASA also dedicated a supercomputer to Chawla.

She always motivate the young girl for following their dreams, She also sent a message to the college students, “The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get onto it. Wishing you a great journey.”

It was only Kalpana passion and determination to pursue her dreams that made her.We love, adore and respect the lady who followed her dreams.

Wefornews Salute Kalpana Chawla and leave you with her words,

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Wefornews Bureau 

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