The first Space X launch for all people took place at 8 p.m. Eastern time, marking the first trip into space. The private mission includes 51 unforgeable tokens, including the first song ever to be launched into space.
Included in the launch’s NFT collection is a never-before-released performance of the Kings of Leon single “Fake Time,” which will be the first NFT song ever to be played in orbit.
The Inspiration4 mission will raise funds for St Judes Children’s Hospital and carry an as-yet-undisclosed science payload. Civilian staff include Jared Isaacman, who organised and underwrote the cost of the mission. Isaacman announced the raffle and contest in February 2021, noting at the time that his dream was to “send a message that inspiration can create a world of infinite possibilities in the stars, but most importantly on Earth.”
The raffle generated $13 million, while Isaacman also pledged $100 million to charity.
As the first space mission without professional astronauts, members included a former space camp counselor and data engineer, an earth scientist and science communications expert, and a hospital ambassador and the first person ever to fly into space with a prosthetic leg.
On the Mission 4 website, the cargo is described as being assigned to crew essentials and science experiments, including NFT transport.
“The crew will conduct experiments designed to expand our knowledge of the universe. The 365-pound cargo capacity of the Crew Dragon spacecraft will be allocated to crew essentials and scientific equipment dedicated to microgravity research and experiments.Inspiration4 is committed to allocating as much mass as possible to this valuable research, providing access to space for inspiring projects that cannot overcome the high barriers of traditional space-based research.”
Space X’s CEO Elon Musk is known for his public support of cryptocurrencies and NFTs. The auction for NFTs on board will end on September 17 following a successful ocean landing.
The Kings of Leon band commented on the mission in a statement.
“We are honored to be a part of this historic journey in an effort to raise funds for St. Jude’s Hospital and we send all our best wishes to the crew of Inspiration4.”