SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk will launch a fully propelled satellite to the moon next year with the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, the Canadian company Geometric Energy Corporation, which will lead the lunar mission, announced Sunday.
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The Calgary-based company said in a statement Sunday that the satellite, called DOGE-1, will be launched on board the SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket in the first quarter of 2022.
She added that the satellite, cubic in shape and weighing 40 kilograms, would aim to obtain “information about the lunar space using sensors and on-board cameras.”
Geometric Energy Corporation said the “DOGE-1 mission to the moon” would be “the first commercial lunar payload in history to be fully paid for with Dogecoin,” without specifying the amount of the deal.
“We’re excited to launch DOGE-1 on the surface of the Moon!” Said Tom Oceanero, Vice President of Commercial Sales for SpaceX! “The mission will clarify the application of cryptocurrencies beyond Earth’s orbit and lay the foundation for interplanetary trade.”
The announcement comes on the heels of Elon Musk’s stint on satirical American comedy show SNL (Saturday Night Live) in which the head of Tesla and SpaceX praised Dogecoin, which was originally created as a joke, and which helped legitimize it in his tweets. .
A big believer in cryptocurrencies, Elon Musk described Dogecoin Saturday Night in a sketch as “an unstoppable financial instrument that will conquer the world,” adding enthusiastically “to the moon!”