Professional baseball player Micah Johnson made spaceflight history last month. Last month, the companies Nanoracks LLC and Artemis Music Entertainment beamed two pieces of art to the International Space Station: a recording of Claude Debussy's piano classic Clair de Lune and Why Not Me, a visual work by Johnson featuring his character Aku, a Black boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut. Both digital files circled Earth once, came back down and were minted as NFTs — the first-ever space-flown music and visual-art NFTs, respectively. Why Not Me will be auctioned via the NFT marketplace Notables this week, with the net proceeds going to the nonprofit organization Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS). ?
“I hope to demystify what it takes to become an astronaut, what it takes to work within the state space program.” —