Tributes from the entire country are pouring in today on the occasion of the death anniversary of India’s first woman in space, Kalpana Chawla. Born and brought up in Karnal on 1st July 1961, Kalpana went into space in 1997. She was the second person to fly into space after Rakesh Sharma.
In 2003, Kalpana died in the Columbia space shuttle when the shuttle disintegrated over Texas while it was re-entering Earth’s atmosphere. Remembering the superwoman on her 17th death anniversary, numerous Indians took to their Twitter handle and paid homage on their ‘lost star’.
Union Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted, “Remembering the first Indian woman in space, Kalpana Chawla, on her death anniversary. A daughter who did India proud, #KalpanaChawla's achievements will continue to inspire the youth, especially girls around the globe for generations to come.”
Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar wrote, “Tributes to the brave daughter of Haryana, #KalpanaChawla on her Punyatithi. Her sacrifice in the pursuit of space exploration will be remembered forever. She continues to inspire us all with her dedication, hard work and courage.”
Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “Tribute to Kalpana Chawla for her memorable achievement that inspires women to follow their aspirations with passion & dedication!#KalpanaChawla”
Former Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje wrote and tweeted, “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... Remembering the first Indian woman in space, astronaut #KalpanaChawla on her death anniversary”
Check out what the other Twitter users shared on their Twitter handles.