Mumbai: This year, as we mark International Women’s Day, GuardianLink is set to launch on beyondlife.club, an exclusive NFT (Non-fungible token) collection dedicated to late space astronaut Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian-American astronaut who went to space. The NFT drop, comprising 10 never seen before images of Kalpana, is very personal to her husband Jean-Pierre Harrison.
The collection will include 250 NFTs in total (25 copies for each of the 10 images). These photographs that have been never shared in a public forum will consist of personalized quotes of Kalpana under each image.
Born on March 17, 1962 Kalpana was an Indian-born American astronaut and engineer who was the first woman of Indian origin to go to space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. Her second flight was on STS-107, the final flight of Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003. Kalpana was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003 when the spacecraft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. Kalpana was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and several streets, universities, and institutions have been named in her honor. She is regarded as a global hero of space.
Aiming to help people own a piece of what Kalpana represented to women globally, Jean-Pierre Harrison said that Kalpana fought with sheer resilience and raw passion to be the first Indian-American to go to space.
“In recognition of Kalpana’s achievements, I have approved the release of NFTs consisting of rare and previously unseen photographs of moments from her life. This set of NFTs will be released on International Women’s Day on BeyondLife.club, powered by GuardianLink. Proceeds from this sale will be donated to an Indian charity with an outstanding record of supporting and educating children from some of India’s poorest areas”, said Harrison.
Ramkumar Subramaniam, co-founder and CEO of GuardianLink said, “India’s NFT space is growing at a massive speed and we are witnessing an increased adoption among users. It is indeed a proud moment for us to have been launching Kalpana’s inspirational quotes and pictures in the form of NFTs on our platform. We are glad that through us and with the help of Harrison, we will be able to connect and touch the lives of her million fans. With its foundation in Creative Media, GuardianLink has always led the race in terms of designing high impact creative NFTs protected by our Anti.RIP technology and legitimacy protocol, protecting the rights of our creators”.
Pioneering the NFT segment in India, the GuardianLink marketplace allows users to create their own brand and exist in a decentralized Web3 world. GuardianLink has focused on creating highly curated NFTs for global appeal that has long term value for the investors and continuous its inspiration through finding rarity, uniqueness and authenticity in its offering. GuardianLink also has initiated a concerted effort in bringing into the marketplace a curated set of artists, musicians, athletes and influencers alongside branded celebrities to make it a destination for launching innovative rare material.