At the age of three years old, a young lady was preparing to attend school in Karnal, India, when she chose the formal name of “Kalpana”, meaning “imagination”, from three possible choices. She had been born on March 17, 1962, but this ambitious girl insisted on lying about her age so she could enroll in school early. This level of ambition started Kalpana Chawla on the path to being remembered as a member of the crew during Columbia's final mission.


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