Astronauts on the first completely private crew mission to the International Space Station commemorate their groundbreaking flight with some digital artwork.
The Ax-1 missionSponsored by the Houston company Axiom Space, Launched on Friday on a SpaceX Dragon Capsule (April 8th) And Saturday morning (April 9th) we will arrive at the orbiting laboratory. The mission is flying in SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor /
The Ax-1 is directed by Michael López-Alegría, a former NASA astronaut and current Axiom employee. He is reportedly joined by three Axiom customers, Larry Connor, Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe, each of whom paid about $ 55 million for the trip.
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The crew bends artistic muscles during a 10-day mission.For example, López-Alegría “creates a piece from space and represents his own personal experience of the overview effect,” said Axiom’s representative. Said in a statement (Opens in a new tab) Friday. (( Overview effect This is a change in perspective that many astronauts report to have experienced after seeing the Earth from above. )
Pathy creates a digital piece featuring his personal Ax-1 mission patch, and Stebbe brings “a moving message of unity, peace and hope with digital artist Amit Shimoni,” Axiom said. The representative of.
“In addition to the crew’s personal art, the famous artist Michael Kagan, known for painting and sculpting iconic images of space exploration, specializes in commemorating the Ax-1 mission, including augmented reality 3D space swimmers. I created a new work. “
These works and more can be purchased at Axiom Space. NFT The marketplace where the company announced its existence on Friday. (NFT, an abbreviation for “non-fungible token,” is a fragment of data stored in a digital ledger called a blockchain that represents a unique asset.)
“We are pleased to debut the official Axiom Space NFT to the global space community,” said Tezipole Batia, Chief Revenue Officer of Axiom Space, in the same statement. “It is our mission to realize the dream of space travel for more humanity, and the provision of our digital artwork is the first step to involve everyone.”
You can learn more at Axiom’s NFT Marketplace Site (Opens in a new tab)..
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