American global aerospace and defence technology company named Spacecraft after Kalpana Chawla

American global aerospace and defence technology company named Spacecraft after Kalpana Chawla

An American commercial cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been named after Nasa astronaut Kalpana Chawla, the first India-born woman to enter space, for her key contributions to human spaceflight.

“Today we honour Kalpana Chawla, who made history at NASA as the first female astronaut of Indian descent. Her contributions to human spaceflight have had a lasting impact,” Northrop Grumman, an American global aerospace and defence technology company, said.

“While Chawla made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the space programme, her legacy lives on through her fellow astronauts and those she has inspired to follow in her footsteps,” company said.

“Chawla was selected in honour of her prominent place in history as the first woman of Indian descent to go to space. While Chawla made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the space programme, her legacy lives on through her fellow astronauts and those she has inspired to follow in her footsteps,” the company added.

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