Donald Trump praises Kalpana Chawla, calls her an American hero
US President Donald Trump on Monday praised Indian-origin astronaut Kalpana Chawla, one of the seven crew members who died when space shuttle Columbia broke apart while returning to Earth on February 01, 2003.
Trump’s remark on Monday came as he issued an official directive announcing May as ‘Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month’.
“Indian American Kalpana Chawla was the first woman of Indian descent to fly in space, and became an American hero for her devotion to the Space Shuttle programme and its various missions transporting cargo and crew to and from the International Space Station,” Trump said.
“Miss Chawla’s courage and passion continue to serve as an inspiration for millions of American girls who dream of one day becoming astronauts,” said Trump, adding: “Through their industriousness and love of country, our nation has enjoyed the privileges and enrichment of multiple innovations and societal advancements.”
Trump said the US holds in high regard the hard work, honesty, and allegiance to the ideals of ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’.
“For these reasons, America cherishes its connections with the Indo-Pacific region, which shares an appreciation for these principles, he asserted. Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage help to reinforce these relationships, which are stronger today than ever before,” he added.