To celebrate MTV’s 40th anniversary on Aug. 1, 2021, the brand joined Dr. Moogega Cooper, lead planetary protection engineer for Mars 2020, at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to unveil a large-scale Moon Person statue.
Since MTV first launched at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 1, 1981, and debuted with footage of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, the Moon Person has symbolized the brand’s spirit of adventure and foray into new worlds.
The statue is inspired by the 2021 special edition Moon Person designed by American artist Kehinde Wiley, who reimagined the iconic figure for MTV’s 40th anniversary; smaller versions of the award will be given to the winners at the 2021 MTV VMAs. Wiley is best recognized for being the first African American to paint an official portrait of a U.S. president, that being of former President Barack Obama.
In 2017, MTV officially changed “Moon Man” to “Moon Person,” to better represent all genders as part of its commitment to inclusion. Following the statue’s debut, guests will be able to see it on display at NASA Central at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
To learn more, or to plan your next visit to the Complex, head to KennedySpaceCenter.com.