It’s a proud moment for India that National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) selected and featured a Tamil Nadu boy’s painting in its 2019 New Year Calendar.
N Thainmulkel, a 12-year-old student hailing from Dindigul district sent the agency a painting by him with ‘Space Food’ as the theme. His work was chosen from among a large number of entries it received from across the globe.
Thenmukilan’s father is a government school teacher and a headmaster. And as coincidence would have it, another painting that was selected by NASA for their annual calendar was also of a boy from the same school, Sri Vidhya Mandir.
Thainmulkel’s painting with theme ‘Space Food’, has a beautiful message for astronauts. The painting urges astronauts to grow vegetables in space as that will add nutrition content to their diet. It also would give a feeling of being in earth.
12 year student from #Dindigul #திண்டுக்கல் will have his painting featured in #NASA calendar in the month of November 2019 … Congratulations முகிலின் …. : Source today’s TOI , page 9 pic.twitter.com/22RFtOUZy9
— Prabhu N Mazhavarayar (@PraNam_official) December 23, 2018
NASA’s commercial crew released the calendar on December 19 for which they selected 12 entries from around the world. Each of the entries will be used for 12 months a year, out of which Thenmukilan’s painting was taken for the month of November. Members of the crew said that copies of these calendars will be transmitted to astronauts in the space station.