Reshma Sharma bags
first Kalpana Chawla award
Reshma Sharma became the first recipient of the Tamil Nadu
Government’s ‘Kalpana Chawla award’ for courage and daring
enterprise. The award was presented by state Chief Minister, J
Jayalalitha, on the occasion of the country's 56th Independence Day.
Sharma received a gold medal and a cash award of Rs five lakh. The
state government instituted the award in February to honour the
Indian-born NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
scientist Kalpana Chawla, who tragically died while returning home in
the Columbia space shuttle.