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    51286 Kalpana Chawla – Name given to Asteroid in memory of Indian born Astronaut Kalpana Chawla

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    51286 Kalpana Chawla is an asteroid name given in the name of Indian born Astronaut Kalpana Chawla. I think all Indians remembered Kalpana Chawla who died during returning from space on 1st February, 2003.

    Asteriod 51286 Kalpana Chawla(2001 OB34) was discovered on 19th July, 2001 at Palomar Observatory by the JPL Near earth Asteriod Tracking Program.

    Brief Inspiring biography of Late Kalpana Chawla


    Kalpana Chawla was born on 17th March, 1962 in Panjabi Family at Karnal, Haryana. She has inspired by JRD Tata in flying. Kalpana Married Jean-pierre Harrison, a flying instructor in 1983 and settled in United States.

    Kalpana Chawla completed her B.E. in Aeronatical Engineering at Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh in 1982. After that she has obtained M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas, Arlington in 1984. She also completed another M.S. Degree in 1986 and Ph.D in Aerospace engineering from the University of Colarado, Boulder in 1988. After that Kalpana Chawla worked in various positions at NASA.

    Unfortunately, Kalpana Died in the Space Shuttle Columbia, when it is disintegrated during the reentry into the earth’s atmosphere.

    Kalpana Chawla’s achievements are always inspirations for every indian who is interested in Space career.

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