By Mike Wall 3 days ago
The NFTs will be auctioned off to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The rock band Kings of Leon are headed to space. Well, sort of. When SpaceX’s private Inspiration4 mission lifts off next week, it will carry one of the band’s songs and a gallery’s worth of digital art to orbit.
The all-civilian spaceflight, which is scheduled to launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday night(Sept. 14), will carry 51 non-fungible tokens (NFTs), including a never-before-released performance of Kings of Leon’s “Time in Disguise.”
“Time in Disguise” will get a workout during the mission, becoming the first minted NFT song ever to be played in orbit, Inspiration4 team members said in a statement today (Sept. 9). The 50 other NFTs — short for “non-fungible tokens” — are pieces of art created by 50 different artists, they added.
Inspiration4 is a three-day free-flying trip to Earth orbit aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. (There will be no meetup with the International Space Station.) It was planned and booked by Jared Isaacman, the billionaire founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments. He’s commander of the mission, whose other crewmembers are Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski.
Inspiration4 aims to raise $200 million for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the NFTs are part of this plan. They — and many other items flying on the mission, which you can read about here — will be auctioned off to support the hospital and its work.
The “Time in Disguise” auction, organized by Yellowheart, is underway and runs through Sept. 20. The high bid as of this afternoon was $50,000.
“We’re honored to participate in this historic journey in an effort to raise money for St. Jude, and we’re sending all our best to the crew of Inspiration4,” Kings of Leon said in the same statement.