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Biography of Indian-born NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla. Covers her birth and upbringing in India, her graduate studies in the US, and her aerospace engineering career culminating in her selection into the NASA astronaut corps in 1995. Details her astronaut training and two shuttle flights, STS-87 in 1997, and the ill-fated STS-107 in 2003. Written by her husband, Jean-Pier Biography of Indian-born NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla. Covers her birth and upbringing in India, her graduate studies in the US, and her aerospace engineering career culminating in her selection into the NASA astronaut corps in 1995. Details her astronaut training and two shuttle flights, STS-87 in 1997, and the ill-fated STS-107 in 2003. Written by her husband, Jean-Pierre Harrison.


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Biography of Indian-born NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla. Covers her birth and upbringing in India, her graduate studies in the US, and her aerospace engineering career culminating in her selection into the NASA astronaut corps in 1995. Details her astronaut training and two shuttle flights, STS-87 in 1997, and the ill-fated STS-107 in 2003. Written by her husband, Jean-Pier Biography of Indian-born NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla. Covers her birth and upbringing in India, her graduate studies in the US, and her aerospace engineering career culminating in her selection into the NASA astronaut corps in 1995. Details her astronaut training and two shuttle flights, STS-87 in 1997, and the ill-fated STS-107 in 2003. Written by her husband, Jean-Pierre Harrison.

30 review for The Edge of Time: The Authoritative Biography of Kalpana Chawla

  1. 4 out of 5

    nadia

    seeing as the cheapest physical copy of this i can find is 600 dollars i bit the bullet and read an ebook the crew of sts-107 has been lingering on my mind for a while. i did a project for apush that discussed the purpose and risks of space exploration. it’s not my current forte and the choice seemed arbitrary, but god i was changed by it. in my research i found myself absolutely enthralled by the individual crewmates of sts-107. their friendships, their quirks, their personal lives and families. seeing as the cheapest physical copy of this i can find is 600 dollars i bit the bullet and read an ebook the crew of sts-107 has been lingering on my mind for a while. i did a project for apush that discussed the purpose and risks of space exploration. it’s not my current forte and the choice seemed arbitrary, but god i was changed by it. in my research i found myself absolutely enthralled by the individual crewmates of sts-107. their friendships, their quirks, their personal lives and families. it was only then that i began to realize that history is more about the individuals who create it and form the mosiac, seeing the puzzle for its pieces and not for the bigger picture. i often read and exposed myself to sobering pieces as a result of this (bringing columbia home, the crew survivability report) and this made me really contend with what i was learning, seeing, and realizing. at the heart of it all, i think kalpana is incredible. she stands out. looking at her portraits she has just such a charming look, a big smile, warm eyes, everything about her is just so inviting and encouraging. learning about her from the view of a person who was so close to her and also being able to see the true humanity of those too often reduced to numbers on pages and screens is just so important and incredibly gratifying. i hope kalpana is resting in peace, as well as her brave crewmates on sts-107. their memories are a blessing and an inspiration to everyone.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vasanth Gurushankar

    I have been waiting to buy this book for the past three years! At last. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if Kalpana had not been in that ill-fated disaster? Would she have become such an icon to millions of Indians? After knowing about her from this book, I felt she was destined to be an icon for millions. I do not even by mistake imply she was destined to board STS-107 but have a intuition she would have inspired many by living her life seeking one adventure after next. Regarding the I have been waiting to buy this book for the past three years! At last. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if Kalpana had not been in that ill-fated disaster? Would she have become such an icon to millions of Indians? After knowing about her from this book, I felt she was destined to be an icon for millions. I do not even by mistake imply she was destined to board STS-107 but have a intuition she would have inspired many by living her life seeking one adventure after next. Regarding the book- it is written well and to the point. No philosophy or extrapolation of facts. Just the incidents that brings out Kalpana's nature. Author is very frank and has not written the book to appease popular beliefs. Stories regarding her training and her visits abroad, her favourite songs- all these made me feel a bit closer to a person who gave me a path to tread. Listening a lot to "Yaar ko humne ja ba ja dekha..." song. her last wake up song played on space shuttle STS-107. If she is your role model or not, give it a read!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kritika Singh

    I wanted to read this for a long time now and finally, I did finish it! I am glad it was the first book I read this year - Kalpana has always been an inspiration to me since I was a little girl - her biggest philosophy of being perseverant kept me going through some really tough times. Coming to the actual book, I think I read half of it in a single sitting - I was so hooked !! I realize how people who love you seem to remember such little things about you - which is obvious but I felt it so much I wanted to read this for a long time now and finally, I did finish it! I am glad it was the first book I read this year - Kalpana has always been an inspiration to me since I was a little girl - her biggest philosophy of being perseverant kept me going through some really tough times. Coming to the actual book, I think I read half of it in a single sitting - I was so hooked !! I realize how people who love you seem to remember such little things about you - which is obvious but I felt it so much more reading the book. She and her husband came out to be more dynamic personalities than what I even imagined and knew of them. I do miss her and feel equally grateful that I have her as my inspiration :')

  4. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Bartlett

    This book was a brilliant read. The book tells the story of Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian born woman to go to space, and a member of the crew who died on the space shuttle Columbia as it made its way back to Earth. This was an insightful read that detailed the parts of Kalpana Chawla's life that we weren't previously aware of, very interesting and rather sad in places. A very enjoyable read. This book was a brilliant read. The book tells the story of Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian born woman to go to space, and a member of the crew who died on the space shuttle Columbia as it made its way back to Earth. This was an insightful read that detailed the parts of Kalpana Chawla's life that we weren't previously aware of, very interesting and rather sad in places. A very enjoyable read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aakanksha Sharma

    A woman who inspired a nation and more.!! I always wanted to know more about Ms. Kalpana Chawla. I idolized her since i was 3-4 years old. This book has everything any fan of hers would want to know. Amazing piece of writing and her story is motivational, inspirational and captivating to say the least. Everyone who wants to understand how greatness is achieved should read this. I have always admired her will and this book showed me the depth of it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Prateek Ranjan

    An eternal inspiration well captured A must read for those who wish to be inspired by the grit and courage of a fearless human being in the pursuit of space flight , from a land far away.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pratyasha

    Best book

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