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American company named spacecraft after Indian astronaut Kalpana Chawla

The American spacecraft was named after Kalpana Chawla, the first astronaut of Indian origin. (File Photo)

US aerospace company Northrop Grumman named Cygnus spacecraft after Kalpana Chawla. This spacecraft will be released at the International Space Station on the 29th of this month.

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  • Last Updated:September 9, 2020, 4:29 PM IST

Washington. The US has named its launching spacecraft (US Spacecraft) after the first Indian-origin woman astronaut (Kalpana Chawla). It is an honor for India and Indians. Actually, US aerospace company Northrop Grumman named Cygnus spacecraft after Kalpana Chawla. This spacecraft will be released at the International Space Station on the 29th of this month.

Kalpana was the first Indian woman to go into space 17 years ago
Kalpana Chawla became the first woman in India to go into space on January 16, 2003 as a crew of the US spacecraft Columbia. On February 01, 2003, after entering the Earth’s atmosphere on its return after completing 16 days of travel in space and just 16 minutes before the scheduled landing, the spacecraft Columbia crashed into South America and was broken into several pieces. All the drivers, including Kalpana Chawla, lost their lives in this accident. Three years later, Sunita Williams became the second Indian-origin astronaut in 2006.

‘Kalpana Chawla makes permanent contribution to manned spacecraft’The creator of this spacecraft, Northrop Groomman, announced in a tweet that today we honor Kalpana Chawla, who made history as the first female astronaut of Indian origin at NASA. He said that his contribution to manned spacecraft mission has had a positive and lasting impact. Meet our next Cygnus vehicle S. s. From Kalpana Chawla.

‘The name of the person who plays an important role in the space mission is named’
Grumman said that it is the company’s tradition to name each Cygnus after a man who played an important role in manned spacecraft missions. Kalpana Chawla was chosen as the first woman of Indian origin to go to space in honor of her important place in history.

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Significantly, Kalpana was born on 17 March 1962 in Karnal, Haryana. She loved Akash so much that she used to draw airplanes since childhood. She moved to the US at the age of 20 and started working at NASA after studying aerospace engineering. He first got a chance to go into space on 19 November 1997. Pleased with his work, NASA again sent him to space on 16 January 2003.

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