Who was Kalpana Chawla? Kalpana Chawla was India born American astronaut. Unfortunately she died in a space tragedy. Related posts: Where was Kalpana Chawla born? Why is she called an Indian-American? When and why did Kalpana Chawla go to the U.S.? Who did she marry? What abilities must an astronaut have according to the journalist? What experiments were performed by the crew in space?