Kalpana Chawla

First space mission

Her first space mission began on November 19, 1997, as part of the six-astronaut crew that flew the Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-87. Chawla was the first Indian-born woman and the second Indian person to fly in space, following cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma who flew in 1984 on the Soyuz T-11. On her first mission, Chawla traveled over 10.4 million miles in 252 orbits of the earth, logging more than 372 hours in space. During STS-87, she was responsible for deploying the Spartan satellite which malfunctioned, necessitating a spacewalk by Winston Scott and Takao Doi to capture the satellite. A five-month NASA investigation fully exonerated Chawla by identifying errors in software interfaces and the defined procedures of flight crew and ground control. After the completion of STS-87 post-flight activities, Chawla was assigned to technical positions in the astronaut office to work on the space station, her performance in which was recognized with a special award from

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asturianu: Kalpana Chawla
беларуская: Калпана Чаўла
български: Калпана Чаула
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italiano: Kalpana Chawla
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Malagasy: Kalpana Chawla
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پنجابی: کلپنا چاولہ
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română: Kalpana Chawla
संस्कृतम्: कल्पना चावला
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slovenčina: Kalpana Chawlová
Türkçe: Kalpana Chawla
українська: Калпана Чавла