Kalpana Chawla

1961 - 2003

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Kalpana Chawla (17 March 1962 – 1 February 2003) was an Indian American astronaut and engineer who was the first woman of Indian origin to go to space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. Her second flight was on STS-107, the final flight of Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kalpana Chawla has received more than 8,940,670 page views. Her biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Kalpana Chawla is the 62nd most popular astronaut (down from 45th in 2019), the 246th most popular biography from India (down from 190th in 2019) and the most popular Indian Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Kalpana Chawla ranks 62 out of 524Before her are Jügderdemidiin Gürragchaa, Dick Scobee, Wally Schirra, Scott Carpenter, Georgi Ivanov, and Richard F. Gordon Jr.. After her are Judith Resnik, Aleksei Gubarev, Vladimir Dzhanibekov, Vladimir Shatalov, Konstantin Feoktistov, and Deke Slayton.

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Among people born in 1961, Kalpana Chawla ranks 69Before her are Íngrid Betancourt, The Edge, Elizabeth McGovern, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Danny Blind, and Amr Diab. After her are Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Jennifer Coolidge, Eric Stoltz, Joan Chen, Moana Pozzi, and Chad Smith. Among people deceased in 2003, Kalpana Chawla ranks 105Before her are Leon Uris, Janko Bobetko, Valeriy Brumel, Foday Sankoh, Canaan Banana, and Goffredo Petrassi. After her are Bernard Williams, Gertrude Ederle, Mongo Santamaría, Marie Trintignant, Lothar Emmerich, and Julinho.

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Among people born in India, Kalpana Chawla ranks 246 out of 1,227Before her are George Alencherry (1945), Nargis (1929), Irrfan Khan (1967), Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (1876), Hyder Ali (1720), and Michael Radford (1946). After her are Kocheril R. Narayanan (1921), Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana (1556), Anandi Gopal Joshi (1865), Jahandar Shah (1661), Nana Sahib (1824), and Guru Hargobind (1595).


Among astronauts born in India, Kalpana Chawla ranks 1After her are Rakesh Sharma (1949).