Madurai: For its annual calendar the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)selected the painting of a 12-year-old, Tamil Nadu boy. N Thenmukilan, who is a resident of Dindigul district Tamil Nadu, sent a painting on ‘space food’, as a theme.
The painting was based on the idea of astronauts growing vegetables in space in order to add nutrients to their diet. Thenmulikan’s painting will be used as cover for the month November 2019 in NASA’s annual calendar. Copies of this calendar will be transmitted to astronauts in the space station.
Millions of children from around the world send their paintings to NASA, out of which 12 painting get selected. The calendar features unique paintings by kids of 4 to 12 years of age. A statement issued by NASA read, “The artwork contest is designed to get our youth excited on science, technology, engineering, and math to inspire our future scientists, engineers, and explorers.”
N Thenmukilan is the second child from his school to have his painting selected. The principal and teachers of the school help students to nurture and polish their art and talents. His father is the headmaster of a government school and mother a revenue officer.
Last year as well, two childrens’ paintings were selected by NASA to feature in their annual calendar of 2018. These two children were also from Tamil Nadu and were of 9 and 12 years of age.