An Indian American Women in Space - Worksheets

 CBSE Worksheet 01

An Indian American Women in Space

  1. Who opposed Kalpana’s going to U.S. for her master’s degree?

  2. What did Kalpana Chawla study in the United States of America?

  3. Why lifting off Columbia a proud moment for India?

  4. Who all cheered Kalpana Chawla when the Columbia lifted off?

  5. What abilities must an astronaut have, according to the journalist? Write your answer in the context of An Indian American Women in Space.

  6. How did Kalpana Chawla become an astronaut? What gave her the idea that she could be an astronaut?

  7. What happened to Columbia's 28th space flight?

  8. Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow choosing the best option from among the given ones.
    After a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering, against great opposition from her father, she went for a master’s degree to the United States of America. She later earned her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering. Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian-American woman astronaut to blast off from the launch pad at cape Canaveral, Florida,

    1. This passage is about
      1. an Indian woman
      2. Florida
      3. engineering
      4. Kalpana Chawla
    2. Kalpana Chawla went to America
      1. with her father's permission
      2. against her father's wishes
      3. to oppose her father
      4. to blast off from Florida
    3. Kalpana Chawla was
      1. a professor who taught in America
      2. an engineer who worked in a factory
      3. an astronaut who went in space
      4. a patriot who served India
    4. Kalpana the astronaut who flew into space was
      1. the first Indian woman to do so
      2. the first American woman to do so
      3. the first Indian-American woman to do so
      4. the first woman in the world to do
    5. The word 'launch' means the same as
      1. start
      2. fly
      3. flow
      4. lunch

CBSE Worksheet 01
An Indian American Women in Space


  1. Kalpana’s father opposed her going to U.S. for a master’s degree.

  2. Kalpana Chawla did her master's degree from the United States Of America and later she did her aerospace engineering.

  3. The lifting off Columbia was a proud moment because Kalpana Chawla was born in India. Her achievements were unbelievable as an astronaut. She was a small-town girl and achieved a lot.

  4. The Columbia lifted off from the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Kalpana Chawla's family from India cheered along with staff at the Kennedy Space Centre.

  5. According to the journalist, it takes enormous ability to be an astronaut. An astronaut must know a lot about everything, from biology to astrophysics to aeronautical engineering. In this age of super-specialisation, you must have encyclopedic knowledge to be an astronaut.

  6. After qualifying as a pilot, Chawla applied to NASA space shuttle program. She was first hired as a Research Scientist at NASA. In 1994 she was selected at NASA for training as an astronaut. It was her success as a pilot which gave her the idea that she could become an astronaut.

  7. The Columbia's 28th space flight was lifted off on 16th January, 2003 from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. It stayed in orbit for 16 days before it began its downward journey which resulted in a tragedy.

    1. (d)
    2. (b)
    3. (c)
    4. (c)
    5. (a)