Cork woman joins first civilian trip to the moon
Cork-born photographic artist Rhiannon Adam is to be among eight artists and creatives selected to orbit the moon after a year-long screening process.
The trip, dearMoon, is expected to take place next year aboard Starship, a rocket being developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which will see the civilian crew orbit the Moon for approximately seven days before returning to Earth. The trip is the first of its kind for any civilian crew.
Alongside being the first Irish woman to orbit the Moon, Adam is also the first openly queer woman to go to space.
During a press conference at SpaceX HQ in 2018, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa (commonly known as MZ) announced he would exclusively fund the lunar mission, with all seats on the maiden voyage given to civilians with an artistic background. In return for being selected, each civilian will create a unique art project inspired by their experience in space.
Adam said: “Every day I pinch myself; it seems like an impossible dream coming true. I aim to create work that does justice to this transformative experience.
“In the middle of the pandemic, we were, of course, all grounded, which was incredibly frustrating for me as I felt that I’d lost my purpose. But then, while idly scrolling Twitter, I came across dearMoon, and it seemed like the most epic, and life-changing adventure.”
Adam lives in Hackney and splits her time between London and the US.