Your question took me back i memory lane.
This was 1st Feb 2003 , it was my grandfather's birthday and we were all celebrating. It was also the day a crew who had gone to space in the only reusable shuttle of that time , was to come back to earth. One of the crew members was an Indian-American Kalpana Chawla - first Indian woman in space. I was in 3rd Grade and to me it was just fascinating at the time to see the reentry of a spacecraft. Suddenly it exploded. We saw it exploding over the Television . That's when I started to read about Kalpana Chawla and what she's achieved.
She and her journey through all the struggles was my inspiration to be an engineer.