English_Master March 2, 2016 No Comments
ASTRONAUT KALPANA CHAWLA  “I could then see my reflection in the window and in the retina of my eyes the whole Earth and the sky could be seen reflected … So, I called all the crew members one by one and they all saw it and everybody said, “Oh ..Wow”. Columbia Astronaut Kalpana Chawla   on seeing her reflection in the Orbiter’s overhead window. Born in Karnal, India, Kalpana Chawla enjoyed flying, hiking, back-packing, and reading. She held Certificated Flight Instructor’s license with airplane and glider ratings, Commercial Pilot’s licenses for single and multi-engine land and seaplanes, gliders and instrument rating for airplanes. She enjoyed flying aerobatics and tail-wheel airplanes. She earned her Graduation from Tagore School, Karnal, India, in 1976, Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College, India, in 1982, Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from University of Texas, in 1984 and Doctorate of Philosophy in aerospace engineering from University of Colorado, in 1988. In 1988, Kalpana Chawla started work at NASA Ames Research Centre in the area of powered-lift computational fluid dynamics. Her research concentrated on simulation of complex air flows encountered around aircraft such as the Harrier in ‘ground-effect’ following completion of this project she supported research in mapping of flow...
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