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Kalpana Chawla Family Statement

February 6, 2003

On Saturday 1 February 2003 we lost Kalpana and six dear friends.

Kalpana lived in India with her family for her first 20 years, and in America with her husband, JP, for her next 20 years.

IMAGE: STS-107 Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla
Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla is onboard the flight deck of Space Shuttle Columbia during flight day two of STS-107.

In Kalpana, God gave us a beautiful soul whose grit, determination and humor earned her magnificent success that she carried with humility and, whenever possible, anonymity.

As so many others, we will always have Kalpana in our hearts. We love and miss her very deeply, but are thankful that her time with us has given inspiration to so many.

From the bottom of our hearts we thank all around the world who have given us their love and support.

Jean-Pierre Harrison
Banarsi Lal Chawla
Syongita Chawla
Sunita Chaudhry
Deepa Dhawan
Sanjay Chawla
Anjali Chawla
Neha Chawla
Megha Chawla
Uday Chawla


Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 01/28/2004
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