NFTs Skyrocketing, And Not Just In Price
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NFTs Skyrocketing, And Not Just In Price

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A copy of Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” was minted onto an NFT after a ride on the ISS last week, as was an artwork by a former baseball player.

NFTs Skyrocketing, And Not Just In Price

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The International Space Station is becoming a launching pad for NFTs.

The price of non-fungible tokens containing everything from fine art to music to slam dunk videos have shot into orbit lately, but now actual space is getting in on the NFT action. 

On the musical front, a pair of companies teamed up to beam a copy of composer Claude Debussy’s 1905 masterpiece “Clair de Lune” to the ISS last week, where the file orbited the earth before being beamed down to earth 90 minutes later and minted onto an NFT. 

Cape Canaveral, FL-based Artemis Music Entertainment with space services provider Nanoracks to launch and mint the work — whose name is French for “Moonlight” — performed by pianist Wing-Chon Kam. 

It is the first such piece of music minted onto an NFT after travelling through space, the company said in an August 2 release.

As for the choice of "Clair de Lune,” Artemis Music co-founder Bob Richard said he believes it  “comes as close as possible to stirring the emotions of awe and wonder experienced by space travelers.”

The Claire de Lune NFT will be sold to support the Artemis Music Foundation, which  seeks to empower young artists, creators, and musicians. 

Ground Control To Aku

Art also made the jump, with Chicago White Sox veteran and artist Micah Johnson, launching a piece depicting his Black astronaut character Aku on July 28. 

Johnson said his young character gains confidence, inspiration, and empowerment from a magical space helmet given to him by his mother after he asked her, "Can astronauts be Black?"

The one-off NFT will be auctioned on the Notables digital marketplace on August 10, with all net proceeds going to Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), a space-focused international student organization.

In addition, all Notables.co bidders are eligible to win a Zero-G flight from Zero Gravity Corporation, which uses a version of the plane NASA uses to train astronauts to let flyers experience weightlessness. 

(Speaking as someone who has gone on a Zero-G flight, it’s worth getting in on the drawing — the trip is mind-blowing. Floating — and even falling up — are experiences that cannot be adequately described.)

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