Astronaut Scott Kelly sells space NFTs for Ukraine

Scott Kelly can now add a successful “launch” into the metaverse to his distinguished resume.

On April 12, the former NASA astronaut dropped his first NFT collection, “Dreams Out of This World, Postcards from Space,” on OpenSea. All 3,333 NFTs in Kelly’s collection sold out in a matter of hours.

Kelly says he received $500,000 from his first OpenSea sale. However, the retired astronaut does not hold onto these proceeds nor invest them in NASA programs. Instead, Kelly says all of this money will help Ukrainians directly through the Global Empowerment Mission (GEM).

The “Dreams Out of This World” NFTs feature Kelly in unique astronaut suits with various space-themed animated backgrounds. NFT holders will have to wait until April 15, 9am PT to see what features are on their digital collectible. NFT production company Orange Comet helped design Kelly’s first NFT collection.

In recent interviews, Kelly said he hopes his NFTs will inspire a new generation of space adventurers. He also predicted that NFTs and the metavers will soon become dominant features of everyday life.

People can still find “Dreams Out of This World” NFTs on OpenSea’s secondary market. Currently, the bottom price for one of Kelly’s NFTs is 0.05 ETH (or $150).

Space-themed NFTs are attracting a lot of attention

It’s been a busy few months for space-themed NFTs. A few days ago, Rarity Sniper reported on Axiom Space’s multiple NFT drops for the Ax-1 Mission. From April 12-18, the Austin-based space travel company will release NFT patches and artwork — some of which will be minted from the International Space Station (ISS).

Famed sculptor Jeff Koons also announced that he will be releasing his first moon-themed NFT collection. Not only that, Koons plans to pair his NFTs with physical sculptures and send those artworks to the moon’s surface. Recent reports suggest that Koons will launch his moon-bound rocket from Cape Canaveral in late 2022.

Interestingly, there are now dozens of NFTs taking a ride in a physical spaceship for the first time. From Kings of Leon songs to classic Debussy recordings, it’s becoming more common to find NFTs that have gone to space.

Even Lamborghini couldn’t resist jumping into the hot space NFT market. A few months ago, the Italian automaker released special carbon fiber “Space Keys” that went to the ISS. People who got one of these devices were able to access one of five exclusive NFT artworks.

While NASA said it wasn’t interested in hitting official NFTs, it’s clear there’s a frenzy for all things space-related in the current NFT market.

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