Principled pragmatism at the maghrib of one age, the fajr of another
Kalpana Chawla, 1961-2003
Five years ago, Shuttle mission STS-107 was lost over the skies of Texas. I remember that morning clear as day. I've got a memoriam post at my geekblog for the mission as a whole, but I wanted to also make special note here of Indian astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who also perished aboard Columbia as a member of the crew and India's first female in space.
Wikipedia notes that Kalpana in Sanskrit means "imagination of the mind" and thus also "creation".