Kalpana Chawla was born in India. As a child she was very intelligent, she loved drawing pictures of airplanes and stars at night. She wanted to be a astronaut from her childhood.
When she was 26, her dream came true. She started working at NASA in 1988. She was selected for conducting experiments in space along with other 6 crew members in 2000. In Jan 16, 2003, her space shuttle STS-107 was launched but during the take off a piece of foam insulation broke off & damaged the shuttle completely.