Space Mission Taking Bitcoin to the Moon Later This Year

A U.S.-based commercial space company intends to send 1 BTC to the Moon as a part of a mission taking place later this year. 

According to a report by The Block, Astrobotic Technology is planning to send its Peregrine lander to the Moon in Q4 2021. The company announced at the Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami, Florida that the space mission’s payload will contain a hardware wallet holding a single bitcoin as a result of a collaboration with BitMEX. 

According to the report, the moon mission has been planned for several years and will cary more than a dozen commercial payloads and 14 NASA payloads to the Moon’s surface in addition to the cryptoasset. 

Astrobotic CEO John Thornton said during the livestream: 

Yes, literally bitcoin is going to the moon… We’re incredibly excited to be flying this payload to the surface and can’t wait for the mission coming up very, very soon.”

website dedicated to the venture says the bitcoin will remain on the Moon’s surface until someone goes up there to collect it:

The coin will be a registered payload on the Peregrine-1 manifest, and will remain in situ on the Moon’s surface until any enterprising soul goes to collect it. It will have a public vanity address allowing anyone interested to witness its redemption or add some Sats if you’re feeling generous.

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