HI, I'M MARYLIZ BENDER

I’m a creative entrepreneur—a musician, artist, technologist, programmer, storyteller, explorer, and co-founder of Cosmic Perspective—with a mission to inspire hope, elevate empathy, and unite through experiences of awe and wonder.

I WANT TO TAKE AN ORCHESTRA TO SPACE

For years, I’ve researched and prepared for the ways that we’ll take our humanity with us as we venture out into the stars.
I will bring my MI.MU music gloves on the #DearMoon journey to compose a soundtrack in real-time as we experience Earthrise. These lightweight, compact, incredible tools of creation will allow me to take an entire orchestra to space.

SHARING #DEARMOON WITH THE PLANET

I’ve spent years interviewing astronauts and I have dedicated my life to translating their profound, transformational experience, and the unifying message of The Overview Effect, through my art, music, and storytelling.

I’ll take the world with me on my DearMoon journey, where I am eager to experience first-hand what it’s like to see Earth from space and to return home to share The Overview Effect with all Earthlings.

My personal journey

How did I end up chasing rockets, interviewing astronauts, and touring music festivals? I share the journey that drove me to chase my dreams in this episode of the Dear Life podcast.
MaryLiz Bender skydiving
MaryLiz playing drums at Bonaroo
MaryLiz Starship
MaryLiz with Music Gloves
MaryLiz Bender skydiving
MaryLiz singing
MaryLiz Bender on a lava flow walk
MaryLiz Bender Mars simulation
MaryLiz Bender astronaut caver

I STUDY THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE IN SPACE

I recently returned from Mars (a simulation, that is) where I enjoyed living and training with my crew of 6 in the HI-SEAS habitat. Serving as Crew Documentarian, I led EVA’s to nearby lava tubes, loved assisting my crewmates with their scientific research, and gathered data on the human experience of space exploration. I can’t wait for the opportunity to take this to the next level and start training with the #DearMoon crew.

I DOCUMENT THIS NEW SPACE ERA

When I’m not exploring Mars, I’m chasing rockets. I have traveled the US to document over 70 rocket launches as credentialed media with NASA, SpaceX, and ULA. After living in Cape Canaveral to capture its historic launches, I have moved to Starbase, TX, where Starship is being built and tested. I passionately share this exciting era with the world through our far-reaching livestreams and Cosmic Perspective short films, books, and documentaries.

MY MUSIC & ART

I’ve spent many years of my life as a recording artist, performer, and touring musician. Now, I’m passionate about designing ways that we’ll take the universal language of music with us to the stars.

OUR COSMIC PERSPECTIVE FILMS

I love connecting people to this exciting new space era. My partner and I have spent the last few years documenting over 70 launches, interviewing astronauts, scientists, and engineers, and telling the story of this incredible moment in human history.

A COMMUNITY LEADER & CHANGEMAKER

I’m passionate about bringing people together and fostering communities that work to design the future we want to see. In addition to inspiring the world about the future through space exploration, I’ve used my art to fundraise for homeless coalitions and I’ve worked directly with art organizations to mentor youth who struggle with homelessness or instability, teaching them career skills that empower them to reach for the stars.

“Regardless of their educational background, or work experience... I wanted to let them know there is a place for them in this [space] industry, inspire them and help them curate a path toward working in this industry if that’s what they want to do.”

MaryLiz Bender

MaryLiz Bender, who plays in the band Twin Limb... explained that her homelessness began when she dropped out of high school at age 16... Twin Limb’s album release party at Headliners in Oct. 2016 was a benefit for Rx: Housing.

Louisville Future

"Together we can fight the trends of apathy, pessimism, and forgotten compassion that’s widening divides. Just as Ron Garan said, we’ve found that profound moments of awe connect us. When we experience wonder together, our walls crumble and we open up."

MaryLiz Bender

THANK YOU

I’m so grateful to Yuzaku Maezawa and the #DearMoon team for opening this experience to people of all backgrounds, and for considering my application to join them on this epic journey.