Watch: Spacecraft named after Kalpana Chawla lifts off; husband reacts
A space station cargo ship named SS Kalpana Chawla rocketed into orbit on Friday. The spacecraft is named after Kalpana Chawla, the first India-born woman to enter space. SS Kalpana Chawla was launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman launched its capsule to the International Space Station (ISS). The spaceship carries a 360-degree camera for spacewalking, radish seeds for growing, etc. The 8,000-pound shipment is likely to reach the International Space Station on Monday. On NG-14 mission, SS Kalpana Chawla will deliver approx 3,630 kms of cargo to the station. The launch marked a special moment for many, including Kalpana’s husband. Kalpana was among the seven astronauts killed in the 2003 shuttle Columbia accident.