If you are a creative person and you enjoy bringing out artistic representations of space missions, then this current challenge is definitely for you. If you have a Twitter account and have something brilliant in mind for the next cosmic deployment, you can send your artwork to NASA and leave your mark on asteroid Bennu.
NASA is expected to launch a space mission in six or seven months time in an attempt to collect a sample from the famous asteroid Bennu and they are inviting all artists to bring their contributions on board and leave their mark in the Universe.
All interested applicants should go either on Twitter and tag @OSIRISREx or on Instagram and tag @OSIRIS_Rex using the hashtag #WeTheExplorers. Applications are open until March 20 and if your work is accepted, it will travel onboard the OSIRIS-REx and remain on asteroid Bennu.
Dante Lauretta is the main investigator for OSIRIS-REx within the University of Arizona. He explains that this campaign was initiated in order to give the general public the opportunity to join the exploration team in this fascinating mission.
The artists’ creations will remain in space for millennia, so it will definitely be an historic event for everyone. Since there are no rules for what people can submit, the artistic possibilities are endless.
Applicants can submit anything from a painting, a song, a video, a sketch or any type of creative expression that they choose, as long as it relates to the upcoming space mission.
This initiative follows a 2014 campaign, titled “Messages to Bennu”, through which the public was invited to add their name onboard the spacecraft on another chip.
NASA has a long history of mixing art with space explorations and another powerful example of this is the Voyager Golden Records initiative from 1977, during which several phonograph records were included on the Voyager spacecraft.
The records contained sounds and images characteristic of our life and culture on Earth and were left in space for extraterrestrials or future humans to find.
Asteroid Bennu is an Apollo asteroid discovered back in 1999 and is expected to answer many questions about the origin of the solar system and how water and organic molecules managed to appear on Earth.
The OSIRIS-REx mission will be launched in September or October 2016 and is expected to return samples in 2023.
For more information about #WeTheExplorers, make sure to visit the campaign’s website.
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