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.
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.
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.
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.