Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Orchid named after Columbia astronaut

A letter to the editor of The Indian Express notes that an orchid has been named after Kalpana Chawla, an astronaut who was killed in the space shuttle Columbia accident in February 2003. The orchid, Brassocattleya Astronaut Kalpana Chawla, was developed by Keshab C. Pradhan, Former Chief Secretary, Sikkim. You can read a Wikipedia article about Kalpana Chawla, though it does not mention the orchid. The Royal Horticultural Society lists the new hybrid in its March - May 2003 Registrations as a cross of C. Hawaiian Wedding Song x Bc. Professor Yashpal.


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