Kalpana Chawla (1962-2003) was the first India-born woman to enter space. Her father wanted her to become a doctor. But she loved flying. Her interest in flying was generated by J.R.D. Tata, a pioneering pilot. She was the first women student of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. She obtained Masters Degrees and PhD in United States. In 1998, she started working for NASA. She went for her first flight to space in 1998. She was again selected for space flight in 2000. During the return of this flight she was killed in a space ship explosion. She will be a source of inspiration to the young generation.