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Origin and Inspiration4 Partner for Good

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Origin is joining forces with Inspiration4, launching on SpaceX’s Falcon 9, in their mission to represent a new era of human space exploration while garnering support for one of the world’s most noble causes. Commanded by Jared Isaacman, an accomplished 38-year-old pilot and the CEO and founder of Shift4 Payments, the mission is scheduled to launch no earlier than September 15 from the historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

The Inspiration4 mission is in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, and the team has an ambitious goal of raising $100M for the cause in addition to the $100M commitment from Jared Isaacman. To help reach their goal, Origin and Inspiration4 have partnered with a long list of established NFT creators and marketing agency Subtractive to launch a series of space-themed NFTs to commemorate the mission. 100% of proceeds from the sale of this collection will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support its mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®

The NFT sale will consist of nearly fifty 1 of 1 auctions running simultaneously, plus 1 open edition. The open edition piece will be minted on the Polygon network, the first sidechain implementation on Origin’s NFT Launchpad, and will feature the official Inspiration4 mission patch. This commemorative NFT will be affordably priced at $4 and can be purchased with credit cards to allow all collectors who want to memorialize the mission the opportunity to participate, even if they do not have prior cryptocurrency experience. The other NFTs in this historical collection will be minted on the Ethereum blockchain, and include special projects including:

“My Genie” by Dr. Sian Proctor

Dr. Sian Proctor is one of the four astronauts on Inspiration4 and will mint her poetry and painting combined in an exclusive audio/visual NFT. The physical piece of artwork is going to space and we will be minting a commemorative NFT on the blockchain to represent it. Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and is the Mission Pilot for Inspiration4. She is the first African American woman to pilot a space mission and the fourth African American woman to go to space. She is one of The Explorers Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World and through her program, Space2inspire, she encourages people to use their one-of-a-kind strengths and passions to inspire those within their reach and beyond. Dr. Proctor uses her Afrofuturism space art to drive conversation about women of color in the space industry. She believes that we must actively strive for a J.E.D.I. space: a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space as we advance human spaceflight. “My Genie” is the first digital art piece from Dr. Proctor, which aims to bring out the best in us. The poem describes how we all have magic within, but unleashing it isn’t always so easy.

“ISS Flyaround 133” by Nicole Stott

Nicole Stott is an astronaut and artist who creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience with her artwork to inform and inspire. Stott’s painting was inspired by a photo she took of the International Space Station on March 7, 2011 at the end of a successful 13-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. The image is of the astronaut’s view from the shuttle’s flight deck during the fly-around phase of departure.

“Earthshine” by Ron Garan

Ron Garan (Col. USAF (Ret.)) is a highly decorated fighter pilot, test pilot, explorer, entrepreneur, astronaut, aquanaut, humanitarian, and artist. He has traveled 71,075,867 miles in 2,842 orbits of our planet over 178 days in space and accumulated 27 hours of EVA during 4 spacewalks. Spending months in space on both the US Space Shuttle and Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Garan can recall specific moments when he wasn’t just looking down at the Earth, but rather “at a planet hanging in the blackness of space”. “Earthshine” depicts one of those moments from the vantage point of the windowed observatory known as “The Cupola,” installed on the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station, where Astronauts could witness 1 of 16 daily sunsets.

“Long Neckie Portrait” by Nyla

12-year-old artist, Nyla, has created a 1-of-1 portrait piece that she has donated to the NFT sale. Her first collection, titled “Long Neckie Ladies,” quickly sold out and she continues to be a young rising star in the world of NFTs. Already giving back with her work, Nyla is a prime example of the next generation’s excitement about space exploration and NFTs.

The impressive list of contributing artists also includes NFT Launchpad veterans, Kii Arens, Alotta Money, Ali Sabet, and KSHMR, all returning to contribute 1 of 1 pieces for free for the charitable cause. Additional artists include BT, Brian Jamon, Bryan Versteeg, Kas, Diego, KingPin, Forest Stearns, Kaku, Mike Marrero, Andrew McCarthy, Kenza, Naomi Salazar, WARHODL, Yuumei, and many more.

The highly-anticipated auction will coincide with the launch and return of the Inspiration4 mission to Earth. The exact timing for both the Inspiration4 and NFT launch are being finalized, so keep an eye on nft.goingtospace.com for additional details and prepare to start the countdown of this momentous auction-for-good.

To learn more about Inspiration4 and additional ways to support this historic journey to space, visit www.Inspiration4.com.

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