When the Northrop Grumman’s NG-17 Cygnus spacecraft took off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, United States, to deliver a payload to the International Space Station (ISS) it carried something truly unique.

Among the equipment was a small purple container, just about the size of a lunchbox, carrying 64 artifacts each no bigger than one cubic centimetre. While the package may be small, for a handful of South Africans as well as international artists it was a big deal cementing their place in space history as being part of the first off-planet art gallery.

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