A Small Step for a Man, One Giant Leap for Cryptokind

The world’s first cryptonaut, Victor Correa Hespanha, gets a high five as he emerges from the New Shepard capsule after his spaceflight. (Credit: Blue Origin)

There’s a new space agency and category of space explorer. Earth and space will never be the same.

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

First, there were astronauts. Then billionauts and millionauts. And now, there’s…cryptonauts!?

A 28-year old civil production engineer from Brazil named Victor Correa Hespanha claimed the title of the first cryptonaut when he flew to space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle last Saturday. Although his time above the Karman line lasted mere minutes, Victor was able to claim to be the second Brazilian to reach space.