|Name of AAPI Figure
|What is the person’s Asian heritage or
|Area of Influence
|Date of birth or time period
|17 March, 1962
|How did this individual make a
contribution to their field or to society/culture at large?
|Kalpana Chawla was the first woman of Indian origin to go to space. In 1988, she began working at NASA Ames Research Center, where she did computational fluid dynamics research.
|Why did you choose this person? What about
their story speaks to you?
|I chose Kalpana because she was the first Indian woman to go to space.
|How does this person inspire you?
|Kalpana inspired me because she accomplished her dream to be an astronaut.
|What surprised you as you were learning
about this person?
|Kalpana died in the Columbia shuttle disaster when she was 40 years old.
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