"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." These were the words from Kalpana Chawla, the first India-born woman to go in space, who passed away on February 1, 2013 along with six other crew members in the Space Shuttle Columbia on the ill-fated STS-107 mission.
The Columbia's 28th space mission, which was launched on January 16, 2003 with a crew of seven, re-entered the Earth's atmosphere on the morning of February 1, 2003. And soon, the shuttle disintegrated over southeast Texas, near Dallas, at 9:00 am.
According to History.com, "Residents in the area heard a loud boom and saw streaks of smoke in the sky. Debris and the remains of the crew were found in more than 2,000 locations across East Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana."
On the 13th death anniversary of Kalpana Chawla, Twitterati paid tribute to the first Indian-American woman astronaut to go in space who is an inspiration for many youths in India.
As Kalpana completed her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Chandigarh's Punjab Engineering College in 1982, the university paid a tribute by saying:
Some of political leaders also took to Twitter to remember Kalpana on her 13th death anniversary, which included:
Remembering India's immortal daughter Kalpana Chawla on her death anniversary. A true inspiration for the youth. pic.twitter.com/uwZZs5UUGs— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) February 1, 2016
Remembering Kalpana Chawla, the pride of humanity, who died in the space shuttle Columbia disaster 13 years ago. Salute to her— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) February 1, 2016
Other than these leaders, Kalpana was also remembered by the University of Texas at Arlington, from where she obtained a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering in 1984.