Biographies of U.S. Astronauts

Chawla

Kalpana

USA

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Personal data

Birthdate:  01.07.1962
Birthplace:  Karnal / INDIA
Marital status:  married
Children:  none
Selection date:  09.12.1994
Selection group:  NASA-15
Position:  MSP
Status:  died 01.02.2003
Date of death:  01.02.2003
Place of death:  over Texas

Spaceflights

No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  STS-87  MSP  19.11. - 05.12.1997 15d 16h 34m 
2  STS-107  MSP  16.01. - 01.02.2003 15d 22h 20m 
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Total  31d 14h 54m 
         

Additional information

Note: The birth date of June 01, 1961 commonly quoted for her birthdate is not correct. This date was given to school authorities to allow her to enroll early in accordance with her oft-stated wishes.
Bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College, India, 1982; master of science in aerospace engineering from University of Texas-Arlington, 1984; Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from University of Colorado, 1988; prior to her selection she joined Overset Methods Inc., Los Altos, California, as Vice President and Research Scientist; hobbies: flying aerobatics, hiking, back-packing, reading; died in the Columbia tragedy (STS-107) on February 01, 2003.

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