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Sex workers sent panties to space, now you can buy them as an NFT

The pair of framed knickers were launched into the atmosphere to raise money for reproductive health charity Wellbeing of Women

Move aside Elon Musk, there’s a new space (s)expert in town (alternative joke: forget SpaceX, meet SpaceSex). To raise money for reproductive health charity Wellbeing of Women, a pair of sex workers have sent the first ever panties into space – and now you can buy them.

The knickers were donated by pornstar couple Leolulu, and were launched into the atmosphere by content sharing platform NSFW.app and space exploration experts Sent Into Space. The framed pair of pants took two and a half hours to reach 107,089 feet above the Earth, where the temperature is -55℃. They then headed back to Earth at a speed of 250mph.

Having made it back safely, the panties are now up for auction. One lucky winner will receive an NFT clip of the pants in space, as well as the physical framed pair. 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to Wellbeing of Women.

“Growing up I was shocked to discover how little research there was on women’s health, and how recently what I consider to be the most basic improvements were made,” Leo, who owns the lingerie, said in a press release. “I often wish for better solutions when it comes to a variety of challenges women face, including menstruation, contraception, and giving birth.”

Her partner Lulu added: “This why we are raising money for the charity Wellbeing of Women, as its ground-breaking research has already saved and changed many lives for the better, and we want to show our support to a cause that’s close to our hearts”

This isn’t the first time the pair have used their platforms for activism – in August 2019, they appeared in Pornhub’s Dirtiest Porn Ever campaign, which raised money for a non-profit that removes plastic from the world’s oceans.

Sent Into Space director Chris Rose said of the pants mission: “We’ve sent a lot of items into space, from chicken nuggets to headphones, but this is the first time we’ve launched a pair of pants up there. However, whilst it may seem crazy, the campaign is raising money for a great cause which will support women all over the world.”

While the panties were orbiting Earth, OnlyFans made the shock announcement that it would be banning sexually explicit content from October. Although it backtracked on this yesterday (August 25), adult creators say they remain sceptical about their future on the platform.

In contrast, NSFW.app took the opportunity to show its support for sex workers, announcing that it will sponsor Pineapple Support, a mental health organisation for the adult industry, which helps connect performers with free and low-cost therapy, counselling, and emotional support.

“The support from NSFW.app sends a message that the mental health of content creators is being supported across the industry,” Leya Tanit, the founder and CEO of Pineapple Support said in a press release, “especially during times of change like this, which can often exacerbate mental health symptoms.”

The space panties will go up for auction on September 7, via NFT marketplace Opensea.io. For those who don’t want to bid but would still like to donate to the project, you can do so here.