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Kalpana Chawla Way

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
October 2012
Kalpana Chawla Way

It’s been almost 10 years since Kalpana Chawla perished in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. The Indian-American astronaut continues to inspire youngsters in America and India. Some of them see her name on street signs, such as the one recently erected in Maine Township near Chicago, an area with a large South Asian community. Maine Township Highway Commissioner Robert Provenzano conceived the idea of “Honorary Kalpana Chawla Way” as a tribute to the Indian-American community and a way to inspire them.

“She was a great woman who accomplished so much in the space industry,” Provenzano told the Morton Grove Champion. “I thought it was very fitting. She’s someone who could be a role model for the children here. ... This is a person everyone can relate to. It puts religion aside and politics aside. That’s why we felt this would be the perfect match, the perfect fit for our community.”


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