ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The North Texas university where Kalpana Chawla earned her master's degree in aerospace engineering will mark the 10th anniversary of her death as part of the Space Shuttle Columbia crew.
The University of Texas at Arlington will mark the anniversary at 7:59 a.m. Friday, the moment when NASA Mission Control lost radio contact with the shuttle as it broke up over Texas. In front of Kalpana Chawla Hall, a residence hall on the UTA campus, students will release biodegradable white balloons in Chawla's memory.
Chawla was part of the seven-member crew that died in the disaster.
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