“NFTs and Brazilians in Space”

“♫ I’m an astronaut/In another place and time/I think I’m looking for a whole new place” (Spaceman, 4 non-blondes)

NFT is an acronym for an expression that most people still barely understand. Along with the other, the metaverse, to use a cringe term, is on the crest. Or, use the more modern, hype.

Metaverse, a more familiar term, is a symbiosis between the virtual world and the real world, with virtual reality, augmented reality, the internet, and goodwill. NFT is an acronym for Non-Fungible Tokens. It is a digital property tool that is used for the most diverse purposes while facilitating the exchange of (virtual) hands through specific platforms.

How much does an NFT cost?

On the Internet, as in the non-virtual world, everything has its price and value. A used car costs almost nothing, and a used car can be worth a lot of money. It depends on the feelings of the people involved in the transaction. For works of art, more subjectively, it’s one thing. There are more specific situations, such as the price of real estate, which is often adjusted by market capitalization. Eventually, there will be bubbles that are rarely noticed but always burst.

The virtual world is no exception. How much does a product or service add to achieve its stated value? It depends on factors such as novelty, scarcity, importance, and perhaps most importantly, desire.

A Brazilian has become world-famous in recent days by purchasing three NFTs for around R$4,000. So far, that’s all. Many Brazilians have spent infinite amounts on NFTs.

brazilian in space

In fact, he became famous for his spaceflight on Saturday the 4th. The lucky one (yes, in my opinion…I want to travel through space too) is Victor Correa Hespaña, 28-year-old living in Belo Horizonte (MG) engineer. How did he get there? Raffle (see how lucky he is?) at the Crypto Space Agency’s promotion, where he bought these NFTs.

The flight took about 10 minutes to leave and return to a city in Texas, aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos (from Amazon). In addition to the Brazilians, there are 5 others. On his Instagram profile, he commented: “It was very emotional, indescribable, surreal”. I believe!

However, Victor is not the first Brazilian to transit in space. In fact, he is considered a space tourist because despite pre-flight training, he has no control over the spacecraft. The first Brazilian in space, aeronautical engineer Marcos Cesar Pontes, was in turn recognized as an astronaut and went further: in 2006, he spent 8 days on the International Space Station sky.

What used to be exclusive to government space agencies like NASA (USA), Roscosmo (Russia) or ESA (European agency) is now a feud between tycoon companies: SpaceX (Elon Musk), Blue Origin (Jeff Bezos)) and Virgin Galactic (Richard Branson).

So, are you ready to travel the globe?


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