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Students have a new source of inspiration as they walk through Nedderman Hall this fall.

The Kalpana Chawla Memorial was dedicated in May in recognition of Chawla, who earned a master’s degree in aerospace engineering in 1984 before becoming an astronaut. She was aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia when it broke apart over Texas during re-entry in February 2003. The display includes one of her flight suits, photographs, biographical information, and a flag flown over Johnson Space Center during the memorial for the astronauts.

Chawla’s husband, Jean-Pierre Harrison, above, donated the items and says his late wife would be pleased to know that she’s an example to others.

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