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Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla was an aerospace engineer and the first Indian American woman in space on NASA's 1997 Columbia space shuttle mission (STS-87) as a robotic arm operator. Chawla was a mission specialist on the Columbia shuttle's STS-107 mission in 2003 and died when the shuttle disintegrated upon re-entry after its 16-day flight.


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