To the world's heads of state she was the courageous girl who reached for the stars.
To millions of men and women in India she is an inspiration who brought them enduring pride.
To her friends she was KC -- simple, confident and determined.
To her nieces, nephews and the children of her school, she was Didi.
Kalpana Chawla. A name that will remain forever etched in the heavens, among the planets and stars she wanted to explore.
Rediff.com pays tribute to a star who was simply out of this world.