The US has sent a new spacecraft to the international space station, named after Kalpana Chawla who died in space traveling. The SS Kalpana Chawla spacecraft was launched at 9.30 pm yesterday (Friday). Kalpana Chawla is named in recognition of his contributions.
SSP Kalpana Chawla was launched into space on a rocket launched as part of the NG-14 mission from the Wallace Plus Flight Facility in Virginia. The vehicle will arrive at the space station in two days. About 3,629 kilograms of equipment will be delivered to the NG-14 mission space station.
The spacecraft is equipped with a biological drug that can be used to treat leukemia, a plant growth study using radish to explore the possibilities of cultivating grains in space, a toilet to be used by travelers on an extensive space exploration mission, and a 360-degree virtual reality camera.
Kalpana is the first Indian astronaut. Kalpana Chawla died in an accident on a return flight aboard the Columbia Space Shuttle in 2003. All six passengers were killed in the crash along with Kalpana.