US space shuttle Columbia Mission Specialist US Kalpana Chawla (born in Kamal, India) addresses the media December 20, 2002. All pics/AFP
US space shuttle Columbia crewmember Doctor Kalpana Chawla, native of Karnal India, waves to the media 03 November from the drivers seat of an M-113 personnel carrier after a stint at driving the escape vehicle during crew training at Kennedy Space Center
Indian-American astronaut Kalpana Chawla (L) waves to well-wishers and family members during a photo opportunity in the perimeter of launch pad 39-B at the Kennedy Space Center in the company of her husband Jean Pierre Harrison (R)
US Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla (Indian born) reviews some procedures January 26, 2003 aboard the Earth-orbiting US space shuttle Columbia
Astronaut US Kalpana Chawla (Indian born) works in the SPACEHAB Research Double Module, Januaary 18, 2003, aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
US space shuttle Columbia STS-107 Mission Specialist US Kalpana Chawla (Indian born) tries on her ascent/descent suit 14 January 2003 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, in preparation for launch.
This October 2001 NASA photo shows the seven STS-107 crew members posing for the traditional crew portrait. Seated in front are astronauts Rick D. Husband (L), mission commander; Kalpana Chawla, (C) mission specialist; and William C. McCool, pilot. Standing are (From L) astronauts David M. Brown, Laurel B. Clark, and Michael P. Anderson, all mission specialists; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist representing the Israeli Space Agency.
NASA handout photo shows official portrait of STS-107 mission specialist Kalpana Chawla, 42. Chawla was onboard the US space shuttle Columbia, carrying seven astronauts, which broke apart in flames February 1, 2003 as it returned to Earth from a 16-day mission
On the 16th death anniversary of Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian origin woman to go on a space mission, let's take a look at some of her rare pictures
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