In a historic moment for the crypto community, the official X account of Dogecoin has confirmed that a physical DOGE token will be sent to the moon. On October 24, Astrobotic communicated through their X account, “We have a launch date! Peregrine is set to journey into space aboard ULA launch’s Vulcan Rocket on Dec. 24, 2023. Stay tuned for more information on how to tune in and watch liftoff!”
Aligning with this, ULA tweeted about the Vulcan Rocket’s first certification mission (#Cert1), scheduled to launch on Sunday, Dec. 24, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-41 is scheduled for no earlier than (NET) December 24 at 1:49 AM ET.
The Dogecoin community, initially uncertain if the physical DOGE would be onboard, received confirmation today via the cryptocurrencies’ official X account:
Dogecoin On The Moon Update: Exciting news for the Dogecoin community! Astrobotic plans to send a physical Dogecoin to the moon in the DHL Moonbox via ULA’s Vulcan Centaur Rocket on 12/23/2023. Funded by our community in 2015, this mission embodies collective effort!
Physical Dogecoin Goes To The Moon
Astrobotic has faced multiple launch delays over the years, but the confirmation of DOGE’s inclusion in the mission marks a significant milestone. The company discovered Dogecoins sent by the community back in 2015 during the integration of MoonBoxes with the Peregrine lunar lander. This discovery prompted a public acknowledgment by Astrobotic in 2021, tagging SpaceX founder Elon Musk and noting, “Dogecoin [is] actually going to the moon.”
The vision to send a physical token to space, originally inspired by Elon Musk’s enthusiasm for DOGE meme coins, is thus becoming a reality. While SpaceX’s DOGE-1 mission has no clear schedule, Astrobotic will be the first to send DOGE to the moon.
Astrobotic, known for its advanced navigation and spacecraft systems, has emerged as a significant player in space exploration. The company’s fleet of lunar landers and rovers aims to deliver payloads to the Moon for a wide array of clients, advancing global access to space.
The physical DOGE token will be carried to the moon aboard a DHL Moonbox, launched with ULA’s Vulcan Centaur Rocket, marking a symbolic victory for the community. This collective effort underlines the potential of crowdfunding and community engagement in achieving extraordinary goals.
The news of the launch has sparked excitement and speculation within the DOGE community. The announcement has had a noticeable impact on the price which spiked more than 8% within 2.5 hours to $0.0835. However, at press time, the DOGE price already retraced parts of its gains, trading at $0.0805.
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