|Lat: 42.8°S, Long: 147.5°W, Diam: 15 km, Depth: km, Rükl: (farside)|
(LAC zone 121D2) USGS Digital Atlas PDF
Chawla lies just within the south-eastern rim of the Apollo Basin -- a 480 km-wide basin of the pre-Nectarian age (~ 4.6 to 3.92 bn years. The crater is at the centre of a trio of similarly-sized craters -- L.Clark and D. Brown -- that run longitudinallly across an un-named, highly impacted crater (particularly at its northern and eastern sectors) approximately 80 km in diameter. On closer inspection, Chawla's central region looks almost cone-like in nature, but the floor itself has been infilled by surrounding rim material, with an unusually, linearly-cut-like section towards the north-western sector -- probably due to the smaller crater that impacted at its north-west sector nearby. - JohnMoore2
This crater is one of a cluster of craters honoring the astronauts killed in the Columbia space shuttle accident of 2003.
Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003), was an Indian-American scientist and a NASA astronaut. She was one of seven crewmembers killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.