'Proud Daughter Of India': Tributes Pour In On Kalpana Chawla's Death Anniversary

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February 1 marks 16th death anniversary of Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian woman in space and tributes pour in from several netizens for the inspiring woman.

Written By Aanchal Nigam | Mumbai | Updated On:
Proud daughter of India

February 1 marks the 16th death anniversary of Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian woman to go to space. She was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia when it disintegrated over Texas during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere on February 1, 2003. Chawla was not only the first Indian-origin woman to travel to outer space but only the second Indian to have done that after Rakesh Sharma. 

However, years after her tragic death, she continues to inspire thousands of people around the globe, especially women who aspire to become astronauts. Tributes poured in from several netizens for the woman who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Born in Karnal in 1961, Chawla was sent into space in 1997, and from politicians to activists, everyone remembered the 'Proud daughter of India'. 

'Remembered Forever'

While many leaders, including the Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar among others remembered the 'brave daughter' for her achievements. 

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