1, Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, Haryana. Thus she was born an Indian but later she went to U.S. and became its naturalized citizen.so she is called an Indian-American.
2, She went for master’s degree to the U.S. earlier she had had a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering in India. She married flight instructor Jean-Pierre Harrison.
3, After qualifying as a pilot, Chawla applied to NASA space shuttle program. She was first hired as a research Scientist at NASA .In 1994 she was selected at NASA for training as an astronaut. It was her success as a pilot which gave her the idea that she could become an astronaut. Thus she became an astronaut.
4, According to the journalist an astronaut needs enormous abilities .He/She needs to know a lot about everything, from biology to astrophysics to aeronautical engineering. He/ She must have encyclopedic knowledge.
5, Kalpana Chawla’s first mission in space is space shuttle Columbia. It was a 15 days, 16 hours and 34 minutes. During this time, she went around the earth 252 times travelling 1.45 million k. m. The crew performed experiments such as pollinating plants to observe food growth in space. It also made test for making stronger metals and faster computer chips. It was all done for a price tag of 56 million dollars.