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Top 16 NASA Kalpana Chawla Quotes (COLUMBIA)

Top 16 Most Famous Kalpana Chawla on Life and Goals to Inspire You

“I stopped thinking about it after trying to figure out what are the lessons learned, and there are so many. After I had basically sorted that out, I figured it’s time to really look at the future and not at the past.”

Kalpana Chawla
When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.
When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.
The path from dreams to success does exist.
The path from dreams to success does exist.
You must enjoy the journey because whether or not you get there, you must have fun on the way.
You must enjoy the journey because whether or not you get there, you must have fun on the way.
The journey matters as much as the goal.
The journey matters as much as the goal.
I would say if you have a dream, follow it. It doesn't really matter whether you are a woman or from India or from wherever.
I would say if you have a dream, follow it. It doesn’t really matter whether you are a woman or from India or from wherever.
If you want to do something, what does it matter where you are ranked?
If you want to do something, what does it matter where you are ranked?
The quickest way may not necessarily be the best.
The quickest way may not necessarily be the best.
There are so many people who are arguing or fighting over issues which don’t have much relevance. We must all realise it is not worth it.
There are so many people who are arguing or fighting over issues which don’t have much relevance. We must all realise it is not worth it.
I don't know why I always liked aerospace engineering. I was in the 10th grade when I figured that's what I wanted to do.
I don’t know why I always liked aerospace engineering. I was in the 10th grade when I figured that’s what I wanted to do.
I have felt that connection and stewardship for Earth for as long as I can remember. And not just for Earth, but the whole universe.
I have felt that connection and stewardship for Earth for as long as I can remember. And not just for Earth, but the whole universe.
Material interests are not the only guiding light.
Material interests are not the only guiding light.
Do something because you really want to do it. If you’re doing it just for the goal and don’t enjoy the path, then I think you’re cheating yourself.
Do something because you really want to do it. If you’re doing it just for the goal and don’t enjoy the path, then I think you’re cheating yourself.
May you have the vision to find it [your dream], the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it. Wishing you a great journey.
May you have the vision to find it [your dream], the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it. Wishing you a great journey.
Listen to the sounds of nature. Wishing you the best on your trek towards your dreams.
Listen to the sounds of nature. Wishing you the best on your trek towards your dreams.

“The coolest thing for me is the experience of floating and not feeling my weight. And hanging by a window just after sunset and watching the stars in the big black dome of the sky as the earth moves underneath.”

Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla Short Biography

Born 1 July 1961, in Karnal, India, Kalpana Chawla was an American astronaut, the first woman of Indian heritage to fly to space and was a mission specialist for the space shuttle Columbia.

Chawla was the first woman to graduate Punjab Engineering College with an aeronautical engineering degree, and in 1982 she moved to the United States where she received her masters for a science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

She began working at NASA Ames Research center in 1988. Shortly after she had become a naturalized U.S. citizen, Chawla applied for the NASA Astronaut Corps.

In 1997, Chawla became a member of the six-person Columbia flight, cementing her name in history as the first Indian woman in space.

Kalpana Chawla’s second mission would be the ill-fated STS-107 mission aboard the Columbia, which broke apart as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere on February 1, 2003, killing everyone inside.

After her death, The University of Texas dedicated a memorial to Chawla in her honor.

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