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Indian Astronaut Kalpana Chawla took her second flight

Indian Astronaut Kalpana Chawla took her second flight to space on 16 January 2003. On January 16 in 2003, the Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla took her second and her other 6 crew members took their flight to space in Space spacecraft named Columbia flight STS-107 before it destroyed over Texas, America while doing its re-entry into the earth’s environment.

Indian Astronaut Kalpana Chawla took her second flight
Indian Astronaut Kalpana Chawla took her second flight

It was on January 16, 2003, when the first female Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla took her second and last flight to space. It’s going to be 18 years on 1 February since the legendary NASA astronaut passed away, and furthermore, she remains to encourage and inspire many young brains, strikingly girls. 

In 2003, Kalpana Chawla left for the second space voyage in Shuttle Columbia on the unfortunate STS-107 mission. The team conducted approximately 80 operations examining Earth and space science, exceptional technology improvement, and astronaut health and security. During the send into the orbit of STS-107, Columbia’s 28th mission, a part of bubble insulation separated off from the Space Shuttle external vessel and hit the left-wing of the Space Shuttle.

Astronaut Kalpana Chawla was all set to start on her second space mission on-board space spacecraft Columbia which was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in the United States of America. The space shuttle was launched on January 16 in between 10 am and 2 pm with a seven-member team.

The Columbia Space Shuttle, with 7 astronauts on step aboard including astronaut Kalpana Chawla, Commander Rick D Husband, Pilot William C McCool, David M Brown, Michael P Anderson, Laurel B Clark, and Ilan Ramon were on board in the spacecraft. Over the course of the 16-day flight, the crew performed more extra than 80 operations.

After the space voyage, the Columbia shuttle was programmed to arrive on the earth’s cover on February 1 after a 16-day mission. During the re-arrival the broken wing deliberately heated and spread tear apart, ultimately, unfortunately, it leads to failure of control and detachment rupture of the carrier. All seven team comrades died while the spacecraft tried to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere on 1 February.