Kalpana Chawla Quotes

Kalpana Chawla Quotes


Kalpana Chawla was an Indian-American astronaut who became the first woman of Indian origin to fly in space. She was born on March 17, 1962, in Karnal, Haryana, India.

Chawla earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College, and she later moved to the United States to pursue a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Chawla joined NASA as a research scientist in 1988, and she was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1994. She flew her first space mission in 1997 as part of the six-member crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia. She later flew a second mission in 2003 as part of the crew of the ill-fated STS-107 mission.

On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members, including Chawla. Her death was a great loss to the world of space exploration and to her home country of India.

Chawla’s legacy continues to inspire young people around the world, particularly in India, where she is remembered as a national hero and a trailblazer for women in science and technology. Her life and career serve as a testament to the power of hard work, dedication, and perseverance in the pursuit of one’s dreams.

The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.

You have to take risks if you want to fly.

When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.

I want to be remembered as someone who was not afraid to do what she wanted to do and as someone who took risks along the way in order to achieve her goals.

The only thing that’s required to be a successful astronaut is perseverance.

The journey matters as much as the destination. By making the journey itself, we find meaning and hope.

You can’t learn to fly by reading a book. You have to practice, and you have to risk.

If you want to do something, you have to be willing to take a risk. Otherwise, you’ll never achieve anything.

The most important thing is to never give up, even when you encounter obstacles.

When you look at the Earth from space, you see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet. It looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also, at the same time, looks extremely fragile.

Kalpana Chawla Quotes
Kalpana Chawla Quotes

You are just your intelligence.

When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.

The journey matters as much as the goal.

Do something because you really want to do it. If you’re doing it just for the goal and don’t enjoy the path, then I think you’re cheating yourself.

You must enjoy the journey because whether or not you get there, you must have fun on the way.

The quickest way may not necessarily be the best.

There are so many people who are arguing or fighting over issues which don’t have much relevance. We must all realise it is not worth it.

I would say if you have a dream, follow it. It doesn’t really matter whether you are a woman or from India or from wherever.

Listen to the sounds of nature. Wishing you the best on your trek towards your dreams.

If you want to do something, what does it matter where you are ranked?

Kalpana Chawla Quotes
Kalpana Chawla Quotes

It’s easy for me to be motivated and inspired by seeing somebody who just goes all out to do something.

Take good care of our fragile planet.

We gazed dreamily at the Milky Way and once in a while caught some shooting stars. Times like those gave me the opportunity to wonder and ask all those very basic questions. That sense of awe for the heavens started there.

Material interests are not the only guiding light.

Some of the senior people, the very senior astronauts, shook my hand and said, ‘K.C., you did a great job.

Don’t let anyone tell you different.’

I have felt that connection and stewardship for Earth for as long as I can remember. And not just for Earth, but the whole universe.

I don’t know why I always liked aerospace engineering. I was in the 10th grade when I figured that’s what I wanted to do.

In summers, while growing up in India, we often slept in the courtyard under the stars.

The list of what I want to do is so long, I would need a few lifetimes to achieve them. For instance, I would like to fly small planes, maybe over the Ganges one day.

Kalpana Chawla Quotes
Kalpana Chawla Quotes

We crossed the Himalayas in less than two minutes, and then you realise, ‘Oh My God, within an hour and a half, we have gone around the whole planet.’

When you lift off, the pressure is supposed to be maximum. But actually, it was very benign. Very enjoyable. But as soon as the engines cut off and you get to zero gravity, you felt as if you were being pushed off your seat. You feel disoriented. You don’t feel aligned with anything. I felt for a few good hours that I was falling.

I’ve always been very determined. I don’t get easily discouraged.

I stopped thinking about it after trying to figure out what are the lessons learned, and there are so many.

After I had basically sorted that out, I figured it’s time to really look at the future and not at the past.

I was interested in aerospace and flying, and the U.S. is really the best place in the world for flying.

It’s like running a marathon race. We train all hours of the day. When you are taking a bath, you are thinking of the flight.

The first view of the Earth is magical. It is a very overpowering realization that the Earth is so small. It affected me. I could not get over the notion that in such a small planet, with such a small ribbon of life, so much goes on. It is as if the whole place is sacred.

Every once in a while, we’d ask my dad if we could get a ride in one of these planes. And, he did take us to the flying club and get us a ride in the Pushpak and a glider that the flying club had.
I am from Karnal, India.