According to the official Azuki Twitter, on Tues April 26th Azuki plans to send NFT #40 (named “Bobu”) to outer space on a SpaceX rocket. This is part of Azuki’s “NFT experiment” where owners of tokenized fractional shares that represent Bobu can vote in a “choose your own adventure” style experience on what Bobu will do. However, Azuki won’t be the first blue chip NFT collection to touch the stars.
Last December eight NFTs from the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and Crypto Punks were sent into Earth’s orbit aboard the International Space Station (ISS) by an organization called NFTs2Space. With the stated mission of bringing two pioneering sectors together, space and Web3, NFTs2Space through the Artemis Space Network offers a way for NFT holders to experience outer space through a transcendent and participatory experience via their personal NFTs.
Artemis Space Network was in the news last year when they sent the first ever digital art related to NFTs to space. They sent a piece that would later become minted as part of one of Micah Johnson’s Aku NFTs. As avid NFT collectors and space fans, the founders of NFTs2Space wanted to find a way to experience their Space Suit clothed Apes and Mutants in new and unique ways, and so the first ever NFT trip to space was chartered with Artemis as “Crypto Crew 1” on December 1st, 2021. The rest is history.Not to miss out on the fun, real life former astronauts participated in the second NFTs2Space chartered mission in February. This crew of cryptonauts featured a 1 of 1 NFT created by former NASA astronaut and artist Ron Garan, who spent over six months aboard the International Space Station. The “Crypto Crew 2” mission also included artwork created by famed private astronaut Dr. Sian Proctor, who became the first Black female to pilot a spacecraft during the world’s first all-civilian orbital space mission aboard the “Inspiration4” mission, launched by SpaceX. Apparently many more astronauts will be taking part in future missions, adding to the experience and legitimacy that NFT holders feel when they send their own NFTs to space, alongside real life astronauts’ NFTs. For anyone who thinks Azuki and BAYC holders are onto a cool new metaverse experience with their NFTs in this new WAGMI (“We’re All Gonna Make It”) Space Race, check out the whitelist at NFTs2Space to get on the next mission.