The United States commercial cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been named after NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who lost life during a space mission.
She is known for key contributions to human spaceflight and is also the first India-born woman to enter space.
An American global aerospace and defence technology company, Northrop Grumman, announced that its next Cygnus capsule will be named the “S.S. Kalpana Chawla” in her memory.
The company praised the late Indian-born astronaut for making history on behalf of her country and for her contributions.
Kalpana Chawla was killed with her six crewmates aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 2003 when it was trying to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere.