On the occasion of International Women’s Day, never-before-seen photographs of astronaut Kalpana Chawla were tokenized into NFTs. GuardianLink is launching the collection on the Beyondlife.club NFT marketplace, which went live yesterday.
Ten pictures of Chawla will be included in the NFT collection, each with 25 copies. A total of 250 NFT pieces will be available in the series. To add to the authenticity, each of the ten photos will include an encouraging quotation from Chawla.
The photographs were released with Chawla’s husband Jean-Pierre Harrison’s permission, who works as a flying instructor. “In celebration of Kalpana’s achievements, I have allowed the publication of NFTs containing rare and previously viewed images of events from her life,” he stated in a statement.
The photos that make up the NFTs have yet to be made public. The proceeds from this sale will be donated to a child welfare organisation in India. The institution’s name has not been revealed. Even the price of the NFTs hasn’t been made public.
She was the first Indian-origin American astronaut to go into space, and she was an inspiration to many. Chawla was born in Karnal, Haryana, India, and travelled to the United States for higher education, eventually starting her career at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, where she conducted fluid dynamics research.
Chawla was a part of NASA’s 15th class of astronaut trainees, dubbed “The Flying Escargot.” She flew into space for the first time in 1997 on STS-87, a 15-day shuttle mission dedicated to science.
On February 1, 2003, Kalpana Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died when NASA’s Columbia Space Shuttle caught fire during re-entry after 16 days in space.
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