A YouTuber sent the popular memecoin — Dogecoin towards the Earth’s stratosphere in an act that was meant to honor Elon Musk and take the cryptocurrency “into space”.
The YouTuber in question, Reed Williamson uses a weather balloon to launch a replica token of the cryptocurrency to commemorate Elon Musk’s 50th birthday.
“To pull this whole thing off, we had to gather some supplies and do a little research,” explains Williamson in a detailed vlog of the incident on YouTube. “I ordered a used GPS tracker from eBay, two weather balloons, a parachute, and of course a physical Dogecoin replica from Amazon.”
— Reid (@williamson_reid) June 28, 2021
While Williamson doesn’t tell us the exact height of the weather balloon, a regular Google search reveals that these balloons are generally capable of reaching an altitude of about 40 km before bursting. Outer space begins about 100 km from the surface of the Earth. So although this wouldn’t count as outer space, it is fair to commend the effort as the weather balloon still makes it to space.
The Dogecoin replica was launched from an area outside Austin in Texas and landed about 30 miles away.
“Hopefully this video will help push the best boy to $1,” wrote Mr Williamson. “Elon, if you need any launch tips for getting Doge to the moon my DMs are always open.”
The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla tweeted on 1st April that he intends to “put a literal dogecoin on the moon”. The tweet came just a week after Tesla accepted bitcoin as a form of payment, despite appearing on April Fools’ Day.
Musk had earlier also shared a fake image of a Shiba Inu dog holding a Dogecoin flag on the surface of the Moon. “Really,” he wrote in february. “On the real moon.”
The tech billionaire also has a history of sending unusual payloads into space, having previously launched his Tesla car in the first test flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket.