How was Kalpana Chawla born?
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One of those, Kalpana Chawla, was the first Indian-born woman in space. Born in Karnal, India, on July 1, 1961, Chawla was the youngest of four children. The name Kalpana means "idea" or "imagination." ... Chawla's first opportunity to fly in space came in November 1997, aboard the space shuttle Columbia on flight STS-87.