Kalpana Chawla (1962-2003)

- February 1, 2020


#OnThisDay in 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia burst into flames, over the state of Texas, a mere 16 minutes before landing time. The seven astronauts onboard, including the brave Indian-origin astronaut, Kalpana Chawla, met a tragic end that fateful day. 

Read her full story here:

Script: Margie Sastry
Illustration: Shyam Desai

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