The first Indian-origin woman in space, Kalpana Chawla would have been 55 if she would have been alive today. The Indian-American astronaut was born on 17th March 1962 in Karnal, Haryana.
She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. On February 1, 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members who lost their life in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
A role model for many young women around the world, Kalpana will always be remembered for her incredible journey, her hard work and dedication for her job.
On her 54th birthday, Have a look at her wonderful journey from Karnal to NASA to being an astronaut in space:
1. Kalpana Chawla's education