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Here Are 10 Rare Facts We Bet You Dont Know About Kalpana Chawla:
1.Kalpana aimed to work at NASA so she moved to US to obtain an MSc Degree in aerospace engineering of Texas at Airlington. 2.In 1986, Kalpana obtained another degree in PhD in aerospace engineering from Colorado and became an astronaut. 3.Her first application to NASA in 1993 was rejected. She applied again the following year and was selected for the 1995 batch.4.She conducted her first fly in space with a distance 10.67 million km around the Earth in 1997.5.Kalpana liked poetry, sports events and was invariably first in all the races.6.Her parents named her Monto but she chose Kalpana and adopted Monto as her nickname.7.Once during her maths class, the teacher was explaining about null set with an example- "Say, no Indian woman astronauts have ever made it to space." Taking everyone by surprise, a voice from the pupils came, "It won't be null for a longer time, sir!"Yes, the voice came from the first Indian woman in space, Kalpana Chawla. 8.Kalpana Married Jean Pierre Harrison, who was a flying instructor and aviation author.9.The first Indian woman in space had a keen interest in scuba diving. Such was the height of the passion that she took professional lessons to obtain the certification in scuba diving.10. The Chawla Hill on the planet Mars is named after her.After her first flight, the wishful Kalpana said: When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.