Students for Space Exploration and Development to Receive Proceeds from Micah Johnson’s Aku NFT Auction on Notables


Space Funding Race: Students for Space Exploration and Development to Receive Micah Johnson’s Aku NFT Auction Proceeds on Notables

Press release from: Students for the exploration and development of space
Posted: Thursday August 5 2021

Fort Worth, Texas, August 4, 2021 – Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) are proud to announce their participation in the highly anticipated Aku NFT auction, which will feature artwork by the digital artist Renowned Micah Johnson in the new premium NFT market, Notables. SEDS, a 501 © 3 registered non-profit organization, will not be making any bids, but will instead receive the net auction proceeds.

Micah Johnson’s NFT character Aku, a young black boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut, made his debut in February 2021 in response to a question from his young nephew: “Mum, can astronauts be black?” For this one-of-a-kind NFT, Aku will travel through space in pursuit of the real American flag that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong brought to the Moon in 1969 – a mission much larger than the flag itself, centered around fair access to the realization of his dream.

This launch will represent the first-ever transmission of NFT artwork to space, as the digital source file containing Aku’s artwork was broadcast into space, relayed by satellites to commercial servers. aboard the International Space Station, authenticated, retransmitted to Earth, and struck. Aku’s digital artwork has traveled more than 125,000 miles in space, including a full orbit of Earth aboard the International Space Station, and metadata containing the details of the trip has been incorporated into the smart contract of the NFT.

A lucky bidder will also be offered a Zero-G parabolic flight experience. The NFT is facilitated by angel donor Andy Haas, who granted the rights to the flag featured in this NFT, and the Zero-G flight is courtesy of Zero Gravity Corporation. The transmission of the NFT work to the International Space Station was arranged and facilitated by SEDS co-founder Bob Richards through his company Artemis Music Entertainment Inc. of Cape Canaveral, Fla., In conjunction with Nanoracks LLC of Houston. , Texas, during an initial test. of the Artemis space network.

This gift could not have come at a better time. With the growth of interest and enthusiasm for space in recent years, SEDS has focused this year on changing the demographic balance in the aerospace industry, ultimately lowering the barriers to l entry into space. Their campaign to fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Institutions Serving Minorities (MSI), and Institutions Serving Hispanics (HSI) raised more than $ 5,000 this year.

“SEDS is excited about the financial opportunity presented to us by Andy Haas and this auction with Micah Johnson and Notables. With more than 2,000 students in nearly 100 chapters nationwide, SEDS members from all walks of life will benefit from increased funding for competitions, projects and outreach initiatives targeting under-represented communities, ”said said Ian Burrell, President of SEDS. Donations received from this auction will be used to continue HBCU and minority outreach efforts, as well as fund chapter projects nationwide.

About SEDS
Holding the status of the largest student-run organization in the world, SEDS promotes the exploration and development of space through educational and practical engineering projects, while fostering the development of future leaders and contributors to the world. aerospace industry.

The SEDS community consists of high school, undergraduate and graduate students from a wide range of educational, societal and cultural backgrounds and from many countries. Our students manage and participate in national projects, attend industry conferences, publish scientific research and develop their professional network through our community of industry alumni. Importantly, these future leaders and contributors have plans to dynamically change areas outside of engineering, including space policy, business development, and biotech work. SEDS alumni include Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin; William Pomerantz, Vice President of Special Projects at Virgin Orbit. SEDS was founded in the 1980s by Peter Diamandis, Bob Richards and Todd Hawley, who later founded the International Space University.

To learn more about SEDS, make a donation, or find a chapter near you, please visit

About the Notables
Notables is a highly organized NFT platform and marketplace engaged in the world of premium content. Created with accessibility, ease, and sustainability in mind, its users will be able to transact both cryptocurrency and USD on the only fully carbon neutral NFT ecosystem.

To view the latest NFT collections, please visit

About ZERO Gravity Corporation
Zero Gravity Corporation is a privately held space entertainment and tourism company with a mission to make the excitement and adventure of space accessible to the public. The experience offered by Zero-G is the only business opportunity on Earth for individuals to experience true “weightlessness” without going to space. Zero-G’s attention to detail, excellent service and quality of experience combined with its exciting history have laid the foundation for exhilarating adventure tourism.

Zero-G has enabled thousands of people to experience weightlessness. They cater not only to private clients, but also to various organizations as well as research and teaching flights.

For more information on Zero-G or to book an experience, please visit

About Artemis Music Entertainment Inc.
Artemis Music Entertainment Inc. originates from a collaboration with NASA to develop astronomically inspired music and entertainment supporting its Artemis Moon-Mars program. The company’s Artemis Space Network advances the connectivity of space, music and entertainment with a commercial space-based media platform that enables creators and curators to send and receive digital content to and from the ‘space. Combined with blockchain technology, the Artemis Space Network enables the creation and transmission of unique digital music, digital art and entertainment from anywhere in the world.

For more information on Artemis Music Entertainment, please visit artemism

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