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Kalpana Chawla (Astronaut) Biography, Age, Death, Husband, Family, Facts, Wiki & More

Updated On : February 5, 2021

Short Biography

Kalpana Chawla was born on 17-03-1962 in Karnal in the state of Haryana, India. She was an Indian-born American Astronaut, Engineer & Scientist who is known as India's first woman to go to space.

Other Name: Kalpana Chawla Harrison, Monto
Other Professions: Engineer Scientist

Kalpana Chawla Complete Bio & Career

Kalpana Chawla came from a very humble background and did her schooling from Karnal. She obtained her graduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh. Thereafter, she moved to the US and obtained her Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Texas, U.S. She completed her second Masters and also did PhD in aerospace engineering in Boulder from the University of Colorado. Since then she was employed at NASA. 
She joined NASA Astronaut Corp and selected for her maiden flight in the year 1998. In her first flight, she travelled a distance of around 10.4 million Kilometres. Thereby, she created history by becoming the first-ever Indian women to travel space. She was only the second Indian since Rakesh Sharma to travel in a spacecraft. She stationed the malfunctioned Satellite, Spartan.
After her first successful mission, she was again picked for her second mission in 2000. Unfortunately, due to some technical faults, the mission got delayed. In 2003, she aboard the space shuttle for the STS-107 mission. She along with six other crew members were a part of the ill-fated mission. While their entry into the Earth, their spacecraft got disintegrated and Kalpana Chawla along with crew members was lost.  
She got several recognition and awards for her contributions. Both Indian and American governments honoured her on numerous occasions. 

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Kalpana Chawla died on 01-02-2003 in Texes, United States. The space shuttle disintegrated while re-entry into the atmosphere of Earth and she died alongwith seven crew members in the US Space Shuttle Columbia disaster just landing before 16 minutes.

DEATHDAY 1 February,2003 (Thursday)

Kalpana Chawla Family, Relatives and Other Relations

She was born to Sanjyothi Chawla and Banarasi Lal Chawla. She had two sisters Deepa Chawla, Sunita Chawla & a brother named Sanjay Chawla. She married her flying instructor named Jean-Pierre Harrison on 02-12-1983 and became a US citizen.

Life's Important Dates Of Kalpana Chawla

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Wheatish
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Karnal, Haryana, India
Nationality Indian , American
Religion Hindu
Address Texas, United States
School Tagore Baal Niketan Sr. Sec. School, Karnal
College Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington
University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder
Qualification PhD in Aerospace Engineering
Hobbies Dancing, Playing Badminton & Reading Poetry
Marital Status Married
Debut 1988 - She joined NASA
19-11-1997 - First Space Mission (10.4 Million Miles in 372 hours)
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color Blue
Favorite Sport Badminton
Favorite Place New York City

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Kalpana Chawla

  • Kalpana Chawla is an American astronaut engineer and the first woman from India who went to space.
  • She died on 1 February 2003 when she came back from a space mission by Space Shuttle Columbia which was crashed when entered the earth's surface. In this accident, Kalpana and her seven crew members died.
  • Ms. Chawla loved to write poetry and dancing during her school days.
  • The astronaut spent 31 days in space with her crewmates.
  • She is the wife of Mr. Jean-Pierre Harrison.

Kalpana Chawla Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Kalpana Chawla was 40 years 10 months & 15 days old age.