Essay No. 01
Kalpana Chawla was one of the most brilliant space women of the world, who touched the heights of the space, and dreamt of conquering the entire world through space.
Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal town in Haryana on 1 July 1961.
Kalpana Chawla was a great dreamer. She always dreamt of flying like a bird in the space and observe the elegant shape of the planet earth right up from there. Kalpana Chawla was also very fond of dancing. She learned Bharat Natyam between 1992 and 1994 at the San Jose based Abhinaya Dance Company. Thereafter, she joined NASA and was selected from 2,962 applicants for the space programmes.
Kalpana Chawla’s application was accepted by NASA in December 1994, and thereafter she began her training in the Johnson Space Centre. In the year 1997, she took her first flight in the space and said that she felt as if everything was racing behind her. The moon too raced away from her and soon become invisible. Thus, everything would strike for sometimes and thereafter get lost from the sight.
It was a strange phenomenon for Kalpana Chawla. She had never had seen things in such a wonderful way ever before. It was the first time, when she had observed the magnificent creations of God so closely. It was as if her all dreams have turned to reality. At the young age of 41, she had circled around the earth for 252 times and have completed 760 hours in space.
Unfortunately, this shining star of the space died on 1 February 2003, when space shuttle Columbia exploded with a big bang before landing on the earth. The whole world was shocked at the sudden death of this brave lady of space. Millions of her fans paid tributes to her and wished that almighty God shall grant piece to her soul.
Kalpana Chawla may not be among us today, but her name shall forever shine in the realm of space.
Essay No. 02
Kalpana Chawla was born in 1962 at Karnal, a small sleepy town in Haryana in India. She completed her school education from Tagore Bal Niketan School, Haryana.
She was incredibly talented and eventually she got a call from NASA to join its space programme. She had been selected out of 2,982 applicants.
Her career took off when she joined NASA Research Centre, after which she became the Vice-President of Overseas Methods Altos, California in 1993. In 1995 she was selected as a space candidate in the 15th group of astronauts at Johnson Space Centre.
Chawla first went into space in 1997 and after her flight, in an interview she said. “When you are up there, you feel you are not from any particular piece of land but are a resident of the Milky Way”.
She lived with her husband in America and overcame all barriers to achieve her dream of becoming an astronaut. She was proud to be an Indian.
Chawla was always open to try new and challenging things in life. She was an inspiration to the millions of students not only in India but in America also.
She had great taste in music and this can be gauged from the numerous CD collections she took with her aboard Columbia which included CDs of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Elton John and others.
She died on Feb. 1, 2003, along with six other gauged on the space shuttle Columbia, which exploded 200,000 ft above the ground in Texas, U.S. By her last voyage she had clocked 760 hours in space and circled the globe 252 times.
Kalpana will be equally remembered by the citizens of India, her native country and U.S.A., her adopted country for her zeal, ambition and adventurous spirit.