NASA to televise Columbia remembrance

NASA to televise Columbia remembrance

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency will televise the Astronauts Memorial Foundation's remembrance service honoring space shuttle Columbia's STS-107 crew.

Fourth shuttle spacewalk not needed

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A fourth space walk to fix a thermal blanket near shuttle Discovery's left window will not be needed, the crew was told by Mission Control in Houston Thursday.

Medal proposed for Columbia crew

WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, filed legislation Tuesday that would award the congressional gold medal to the crew of the space shuttle Columbia.

Man draws 56 portraits with his blood

NEW DELHI, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A painter in India has drawn 56 portraits of a leading Indian politician with his own blood.

Mars features to be named for shuttle crew

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Seven hills on Mars will be named for the members of the last crew of the space shuttle Columbia, NASA announced Tuesday.

Deep Purple remembers shuttle astronaut

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- "Contact Lost," the moving final song on Deep Purple's new album "Bananas," was inspired by the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Video shows calm crew preparing to land

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Less than 10 minutes before their deaths, the astronauts aboard shuttle Columbia chatted breezily as they checked their spacesuits, put on their gloves and marveled at the flashes of light outside their windows as the spaceship encountered Earth's atmosph

Cheney pays tribute to Columbia crew

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday honored the memory of the seven crew members of the space shuttle Columbia during a solemn ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral calling them "lost explorers" to whom he wanted to offer the respects of a gratefu
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, UPI White House Reporter

Bush: Columbia astronauts fulfilled dream

SPACE CENTER, HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush paid tribute here Tuesday to the seven Columbia space shuttle astronauts killed as they attempted to return to Earth, saying they represented the human quest of discovery and exploration of the heavens.

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Seven space shuttle astronauts mourned

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The nation mourned seven astronauts Sunday, one of them Israel's first person in space, all killed Saturday when something let pressures of supersonic re-entry rip apart the space shuttle Columbia in the upper atmosphere.

Rising temperatures preceded shuttle's end

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Temperatures above shuttle Columbia's left wing soared to unprecedented high levels minutes before the craft broke apart over east Texas, killing its seven-member crew and stunning a space agency obsessed. Engineers have begun the work of piecing together
IRENE K. BROWN, UPI Science News

Admidst grief, cargo ship flies to station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- As NASA braces itself for what promises to be a long and tedious investigation into what caused shuttle Columbia to perish as it returned to Earth on Saturday, an unmanned Russian rocket blasted off Sunday to ferry supplies to the International Space Stat

Columbia crew bio: Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla, 41, a native of India, was flight engineer and mission specialist aboard the shuttle Columbia. The flight was her second aboard Columbia.
By United Press International

Shuttle Columbia and crew of seven lost

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew, including Israel's first astronaut Ilan Ramon, were lost upon return to Earth Saturday following a 16-day space research mission.
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Kalpana Chawla
IND2003020303 - CHANDIGARH, India, Feb. 3 (UPI) - Sanjay Chawla, brother of India-born Columbia astronaut Kalpana Chawla, accepts condolences from the callers at his home in New Delhi on February 2, 2003. Kalpana Chawla, who was India's first-ever woman astronaut, perished along with six others in the Columbia shuttle tragedy on Saturday February 1, 2003. cc/Jerry Stringer UPI .

Kalpana Chawla (Hindi: कल्‍पना चावला; Punjabi: ਕਲਪਨਾ ਚਾਵਲਾ) (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003), was an Indian-American astronaut and space shuttle mission specialist. She was one of seven crewmembers killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

Kalpana Chawla was born in a Punjabi family in Karnal, Haryana, India. Kalpana in Sanskrit means "imagination". Her interest in flying was inspired by J. R. D. Tata, a pioneering Indian pilot and industrialist.

Kalpana Chawla did her earlier schooling at Tagore Public School, Karnal. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering at Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh in 1982. She moved to the United States in 1982 and obtained a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington (1984). Chawla earned a second Master of Science degree in 1986 and a PhD in aerospace engineering in 1988 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Later that year she began working for NASA Ames Research Center as vice president of Overset Methods, Inc. where she did CFD research on V/STOL. Chawla held a Certificated Flight Instructor rating for airplanes, gliders and Commercial Pilot licenses for single and multiengine airplanes, seaplanes and gliders. She held an FCC issued Technician Class Amateur Radio license with the call sign KD5ESI. She met and married Jean-Pierre Harrison, a flying instructor and aviation writer, in 1983 and became a naturalized United States citizen in 1990.

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