Priyanka Chopra is on an unstoppable streak in the America. After her amazing performance in ‘Quantico’, she has been approached to play the lead in biopic on late astronaut Kalpana Chawla, according to media reports.
Currently, Priyanka Chopra is busy with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mastani’ which is slated for a December 18 release and would commit to it once she is back in India from her ‘Quantico’ shoot.
Chawla was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. She died on her second expedition in February 2003 along with seven other astronauts in a space shuttle explosion. She invested 31 days, 14 hours and 54 minutes in space. She was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor by the United States for her exceptional work.
Kalpana Chawla was born on March 17, 1962 in Karnal, Haryana. She completed her earlier schooling at Tagore Baal Niketan Senior Secondary School, Karnal and completed her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Punjab Engineering College at Chandigarh in 1982. She moved to the United States in 1982 where she obtained a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1984. Determined to become an astronaut even in the face of the Challenger disaster, Chawla went on to earn a second Masters in 1986 and a PhD in aerospace engineering in 1988 from the University of Colorado at Boulder.