The American Rock band Kings of Leon have revealed that they are teaming up with SpaceX to become the first band in history to send a non-fungible token (NFT) into space aboard the Inspiration4 mission next week. The mission will be carrying one of the band’s songs and a gallery of digital art into orbit.
First Spaceflight With A Payload Of Civilians And NFTs
The collaboration is part of a historic occasion that will see the all-civilian spaceflight launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The mission will be carrying a total of 51 NFTs, including an unreleased performance of the Kings of Leon song “Time in Disguise.”
Time in Disguise will also become the first-ever minted NFT song to be played in orbit, the Inspiration4 team revealed in a statement. The other NFTs consist of digital art creations that 50 different artists have created. Inspiration4’s Twitter handle put out a tweet stating,
“Excited to share a peek into the #Inspiration4 mission payload! See how you can own a piece of history like the first NFT song to go to space from @KingsofLeon and other iconic items, benefiting the lifesaving work of @StJude here on Earth: https://inspiration4.com/press/inspiration4-reveals-mission-payload-highlights-including”
The NFT is up for auction, with all proceeds raised from the auction to be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, with the bidding starting at $50,000. The winner of the auction will receive the NFT and the iPhone that took it to space. Kings of Leon, in an interview with People, stated,
“It means so much to us to be a part of this historic moment. When we wrote and recorded ‘Time in Disguise’ in the studio, we always thought it had a spacy feel to it, and then the visuals from our live show have that vibe, as well...To now have that song, and those images be a part of something as historic as this is really cool, and having it raise money for a cause we’ve always cared so much about makes it even better.”
Spaceflight For Charity
The Inspiration4 is a three-day trip to the Earth’s orbit, planned by billionaire Jared Issacman, the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments. The mission hopes to raise $200 Million for St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The Kings of Leon NFT will be auctioned off with the other 50 digital NFTs to support the hospital and its research.
The auction will take place on the Origin Protocol platform, which is also the platform that minted the NFTs. The NFTs will be auctioned between now and November.
Other NFTs In Space
There are other NFTs that have already made their way into space. Nanoracks LLC and Artemis Music Entertainment recently beamed a song by artist Micah Johnson called “Why Not Me” and a recording of Debussy’s piano masterpiece “Clair de Lune” to the International Space Station and back.
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