, CEO and a , announced that one of SpaceX’s future missions will be paid for with , a whose name is inspired by the . This announcement fits with Musk’s track record of eccentric (and meme-like) moves, such as his launching a red Tesla into space for no good reason and his that led to by the US Securities and Exchanges Commission. In similar pomp to how Reddit users caused Gamestop's shares to skyrocket in the recent Musk’s new tweet now also wants to take Dogecoin to the Moon, both literally and figuratively.
The mission referred to as DOGE-1 is, in fact, real — (GEC) in a press release. DOGE-1 will be a small satellite carried to the moon by a Falcon 9 rocket in early 2022, collecting yet unspecified images and other data of the lunar surface. Although Dogecoin started as a joke, this collaboration with GEC adds heft to Dogecoin’s tenuous reputation as a usable currency. GEC even claimed that Dogecoin
As a leader in private space exploration, SpaceX is constantly setting precedents for humanity’s future in space, be it intentionally or not. It’s definitely worth considering what a future with meme missions dictated by the whims of a solitary billionaire would really look like, and if it's the kind of future we want.