Back at the end of July, a group called Uplift Aerospace announced the birth of the Uplift Art Program, planning to use whatever means necessary to send art into space, because why not.
The first flight of a work of art that is part of the program will take place on August 25, when the New Shepard NS-17 mission takes off from West Texas. That work of art is called Suborbital Tryptych, and is signed by Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo.
Technically, we’re not talking about a single work of art, but three, painted portraits of the artist himself, his mother, and a friend’s mother. But these random faces are not painted on some canvas and fitted inside the New Shepard, but are proudly displayed on the on the top of the crew capsule, on the main chute covers.
Despite Uplift saying its idea “marks a new phase of space exploration with artistry as the engine of discovery,“ we kind of look forward with a lot more anticipation to the experiments NS-17 will be carrying.
The ship has on board a NASA lunar landing technology demonstration mounted on the exterior of the booster, and an extra 18 commercial payloads inside the crew capsule.
As for the vehicle that will be used for the mission, it will at its eighth flight into space, proving once more that reusable rockets and capsules are here to stay.