A space flight must deposit a unit of physical bitcoin on the Moon by the end of the year, as part of a mission piloted by NASA.
The cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX announced on Friday, June 4 that it is teaming up with astronautics company Astrobotic to send a coin of Bitcoin to the surface of the Moon.
Designer of the Peregrine lunar lander, Astrobotic has been chosen by NASA for a commercial flight to the Moon scheduled for launch at the end of 2021. The mission, called Peregrine 1, will aim to transport equipment scientist on Earth’s natural satellite. A Bitcoin will therefore be part of the journey.
The Bitcoin address of the coin made public
“BitMEX will strike a one-of-a-kind physical Bitcoin, similar to 2013 Casascius coins, which will be delivered to the moon by Astrobotic,” BitMEX said in a statement. “The coin will contain a Bitcoin at an address that will be made public, under a tamper-proof hologram. The coin will proudly display the BitMEX name, the name of the mission, the date it was minted, and the price of bitcoin at the time of minting. “
Once deposited on the Moon, Bitcoin’s physical unit “will remain on the surface until an enterprising soul goes to retrieve it,” the company said.
The phrase “To The Moon” is frequently used by Bitcoin users to mean that the price of a cryptocurrency is rising suddenly. With this mission, the metaphor becomes reality.