Send Your Artwork To NASA And They’ll Carry It To An Asteroid

Posted: Feb 22 2016, 9:47pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Send Your Artwork to NASA and They’ll Carry it to an Asteroid
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NASA is inviting the public to submit artwork and leave their mark on the asteroid Bennu.

If you ever thought about displaying your artwork in the outer space, NASA has an opportunity for you.

The national space agency is providing a golden opportunity to the public to send artwork to an asteroid called Bennu.

NASA’s new spacecraft: Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer or OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to launch in September this year and it will carry all the creative work to the asteroid Bennu. This will be the first time when a U.S. spacecraft travel to Bennu where it will collect a sample from the asteroid and bring it back to the Earth in 2023.

“The development of the spacecraft and instruments has been a hugely creative process, where ultimately the canvas is the machined metal and composites preparing for launch in September,” said Jason Dworkin, an OSIRIS-REx project scientist. “It is fitting that this endeavor can inspire the public to express their creativity to be carried by OSIRIS-REx into space.”

People are encouraged to create artwork in any form such as sketch, photograph, graphic, poem, song, short video or any other artistic impression which reflects the true spirit of exploration. The work of art can be submitted via Twitter or Instagram until March 20 and it will be saved on the chip on the spacecraft. The spacecraft is already carrying a chip with thousands of submissions during the “Messages to Bennu” campaign in 2014.

“We are inviting the world to join us on this great adventure by placing their artwork on the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, where it will stay in space for millennia.” Dante Lauretta, principal investigator for OSIRIS-REx said.

Bennu asteroid was discovered in 1999. The asteroid has an orbital period of 436 days and it comes very close to the Earth within 186,000 miles after every six years, suggesting there is a high probability that Bennu could hit the Earth in 2182. That is why NASA is keen to learn more about the asteroid.

Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx is expected to reach Bennu in August 2018. It will collect a sample of about 2 ounces from the space rock and return it to the Earth for the study. Scientists believe that Bennu may hold clues to the origin of solar system and how the water and organic molecules have made their way to the Earth.

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