Kalpana Chawla’s last conversation with India from Space makes us even prouder

Kalpana Chawla
Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla born on March 17, 1962 was an Indian American astronaut and the first woman of Indian origin in 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 killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

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It is little known that during her stay aboard the ISS, she had actually spoken to the then Indian PM, I K Gujral and they had a long and enlightening conversation.

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