Kalpana Chawla – Important Questions

Important Question and Answers

Q. What answer did Kalpana Chawla give when she was asked what it was like being a woman in her field?

Ans. When asked what it was like being a woman in her field, she replied that being a woman never hindered her determination of doing what she always wanted to do. She had her own dreams and ambitions and she followed them. The people around her – her colleagues and family always supported her.

Q. How many people were there on the space shuttle?

Ans. There were seven people in the space shuttle Columbia.

Q. Write about Kalpana’s achievements.

Ans. Kalpana Chawla graduated in aeronautical engineering, then did her Masters and earned her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering. She was a licensed pilot and a certified flight instructor. She was later chosen for training as an astronaut.

Q. What experiments were performed by the crew in space?

Ans. The crew performed experiments such as pollinating flowers to observe food growth in space and tests for making stronger metals and faster computer chips.

Q. Who was against Kalpana Chawla’s wish to study in United States?

Ans. Kalpana Chawla’s father was against her wish to study in the United States of America.

Q. What are the qualifications needed to be an astronaut?

Ans. To become an astronaut, one needs enormous ability. One should have knowledge about biology, astrophysics, aeronautical engineering etc. In short, one must have encyclopedic knowledge.

Q. Who were the people present to cheer Kalpana Chawla when the Columbia lifted off?

Ans. When the Columbia lifted off from the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida the family members of Kalpana were present to cheer her along with staff at the Kennedy Space Center.

Q. Who was Kalpana Chawla?

Ans. Kalpana Chawla was India born American astronaut. Unfortunately she died in a space tragedy.

Q. Write in detail, the message that Kalpana Chawla sent from space to the student of her college in Chandigarh.

Ans. Kalpana Chawla is a role model for millions of young Indians. A girl from a small town touched the skies and became an inspiration. In her message from her space shuttle, she insisted that the path from dreams to success does exist. You only need the vision to find that path and follow your dreams. She also wished the students a great journey on this path to success.

Q. What was the name of the space centre from where the Columbia took its flight?

Ans. The name of the space centre was Kennedy Space Centre in Florida from where her space shuttle took its flight.

Q. Who was Jean-Pierre Harrison?

Ans. Jean-Pierre Harrison was an American flight instructor who later on married Kalpana Chawla.

Q. When was Kalpana Chawla selected by NASA?

Ans. Kalpana Chawla was selected by NASA for training as an astronaut in 1994 after a hard competition.

Q. Write a short note about Kalpana Chawla’s achievement.

Ans. India born Kalpana Chawla was the first India-American woman to become an astronaut, who participated in a successful mission in space. She took her bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering in Chandigarh, India and went to the United States of America to get a master’s degree and than Ph.D degree in the same subject. She had a license to fly single and multi-engine land airplanes, single-engine seaplanes and gliders, she was an expert pilot. She was also a certified flight instructor. She was hired as a research scientist at NASA and then, NASA selected her for training as an astronaut to go into space.

Q. Kalpana Chawla’s life teaches us a lesson of devotion. Discuss.

Ans. Kalpana Chawla’s life is a journey to fulfill our dreams and aspirations. If we are focused towards achieving our goal, nothing can stop us. We should be courageous enough to overcome all the barriers coming in our way. She sent a message to the students of her college to motivate them from the space. She said that there is no bar between success and dreams and one has to develop it. The only thing is that one should do one’s work untried with utmost devotion. There is no short cut in life for success. All the people who want to get success have to make their own way to fulfill their dreams. This is a true message for humanity.

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