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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Kalpana Chawla: the First Woman of Indian origin to go to Space

Kalpana Chawla spent her whole life chasing her dreams of being an astronaut. In 1997, she made history as the first woman of Indian origin to go to Space. Kalpana Chawla created opportunities, shattered glass ceilings, and spearheaded groundbreaking research for NASA. It’s the 1960s, and it’s uncommon for women and girls in Karnal, India…

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May 14, 2021

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