Kings of Leon Music Blasting into Space
Kings of Leon is embarking on a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe. The private Inspiration4 mission, launched by SpaceX next week, will bring one of the band’s songs as well as a gallery’s worth of digital art into orbit. The all-civilian spacecraft launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday night (Sept. 14), carrying 51 non-fungible tokens (NFTs), including a never-before-released rendition of Kings of Leon’s “Time in Disguise.” Inspiration4 team members said in a statement today that the recording will get a workout during the flight, making it the first minted NFT song ever to be played (Sept. 9).
Inspiration4 is a three-day free-flying mission to Earth orbit aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship. (There will be no meeting with the International Space Station.) The event was organised and booked by Jared Isaacman, the wealthy founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments. The mission’s crew also includes Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor, and Chris Sembroski. Inspiration4’s goal is to raise $200 million for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital through the NFTs. They’ll be auctioned off, along with a number of other items from the expedition (which you can read about here), to generate funds for the hospital and its programmes.
The auction for Yellowheart’s “Time in Disguise” is now running and will close on September 20. The Origin Protocol platform, which also minted the art NFTs, will auction them off. When Crew Dragon splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean on September 17, bids will open on September 14 and finish on September 17.