53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #21

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

On May 30 of this year, NASA and America created history. A Space Launch, in nearly a decade, by American astronauts in an American space craft, was successfully executed. The SpaceX Crew Dragon space craft carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley lifted off from NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:22PM EST on May 30th.

SpaceX company owned by Elon Musk, who is also CEO and product architect of Tesla, created Crew Dragon Demo-2. The first private company to successfully send humans into outer space. The two astronauts safely reached International Space Station on May 31, 2020.

If the pandemic wasn’t there, I would have made it a point to go to Florida to watch the lift-off in-person. So, I watched it on Live TV, the next best thing, and felt thrilled to be part of such a monumental event. 

Yes, it is monumental because this also confirms another of the objective Musk has for his company, SpaceX. He want to get the world to a point where anyone can go into space by buying a ticket, just like how we go on a plane from place to place on Earth now.

Well, Musk! It might take another century for us to get there, but you did give it a start. Kudos! And Good Luck!

To mark this event, I did a photoshoot at my home with another one of my sarees adding to the collection. Oh well, one cannot give up an opportunity to use any event or incident to dress-up, when the pandemic has almost taken away the cheer and fun in it. Right! I picked Black with the flower work to signify the deep dark space with millions of stars it is decorated with.

I wore this beautiful Black Super-Net Saree with red, white and green thread and mirror work stitched all over, some by hand and some by machine. I paired it with a read-to-wear Black Blouse made of lace and net. Accessories adorned are Onyx beaded necklace and earrings with gold plated silver pendant studded with Onyx beads; and gold and black bangles on my wrists.

Again this saree is a gift by my sister-in-law, Swetha. Props used were on loan from a friend - a lego rocket in my hand, a lego space rover in the bottom left corner of the photo and a hand painted picture of a space craft flying in space among planets and stars. Thank you Rosie, for the props.

It was thrilling to watch the lift-off, and see the space craft go up in the air. And it was equally fun to create a saree photoshoot signifying the key milestone in history. Now a few pictures and videos from the event.

The inside of the space craft, where the two astronauts are seated.

The lift-off in pictures

The lift-off in video

On a humorous note, when the signal was lost, NASA put up this funny message, so viewers wont be disappointed to miss part of the telecast. :P


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