Bitcoin exchange BitMEX has partnered with space robotics company Astrobotic to put bitcoin on the moon with an upcoming lunar mission expected to launch later this year.
Physical coin, similar in design to Casascius . coin, will be included in the file payload Astrobot Peregrine Landing Vehicle that will land on the moon on a mission to deliver scientific and explanatory items to the surface of the celestial body, according to a BitMEX press release shared with Bitcoin Magazine. This will be the first commercial soft landing on the moon and the coin will have the private keys that control access to bitcoin, effectively bitcoin itself, printed on it.
According to the release, “BitMEX will mint a unique physical bitcoin, similar to the 2013 Casascius coins, which will be delivered to the moon by Astrobotic.” “The coin will hold one bitcoin at an address to be released to the public, under the guise of a tamper evident hologram. The coin will proudly display the BitMEX name, mission name, minted date and bitcoin price at the time it was minted.”
The idea that bitcoin was “going to the moon” was a commonly used phrase among bitcoins, usually intended to describe future price gains. But with the private keys to an address holding 1 BTC on the actual moon, those of us on Earth would be able to say it actually exists.