[meteorite-list] NASA Invites Public to Send Artwork to an Asteroid (OSIRIS-REx)

From: Dolores Hill <dhill_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:56:16 -0700
Message-ID: <56C7ABA0.4080403_at_lpl.arizona.edu>

Greetings Meteorite_list friends!

If you missed the chance to send your name to Bennu, here is another
opportunity to extend your reach beyond Earth!

Consider submitting one of your microscope images as inspiration for
exploration, fireball photo or maybe a nice scene that inspired you
while out in field hunting for meteorites. Note that all artistic
expression is welcome. I seem to recall some poets on the meteorite-list.

Best regards,
Dolores Hill

On 2/19/2016 4:08 PM, Ron Baalke via Meteorite-list wrote:
> February 19, 2016
> RELEASE 16-019
> NASA Invites Public to Send Artwork to an Asteroid
> NASA is calling all space enthusiasts to send their artistic endeavors on a
> journey aboard NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource
> Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. This will
> be the first U.S. mission to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to
> Earth for study.
> OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to launch in September and travel to the asteroid
> Bennu. The #WeTheExplorers campaign invites the public to take part in this
> mission by expressing, through art, how the mission's spirit of exploration
> is reflected in their own lives. Submitted works of art will be saved on a
> chip on the spacecraft. The spacecraft already carries a chip with more than
> 442,000 names submitted through the 2014 "Messages to Bennu" campaign.
> "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,
> OSIRIS-REx project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in
> Greenbelt, Maryland. "It is fitting that this endeavor can inspire the
> public to express their creativity to be carried by OSIRIS-REx into space."
> A submission may take the form of a sketch, photograph, graphic, poem, song,
> short video or other creative or artistic expression that reflects what it
> means to be an explorer. Submissions will be accepted via Twitter and
> Instagram until March 20. For details on how to include your submission on
> the mission to Bennu, go to:
> http://www.asteroidmission.org/WeTheExplorers
> "Space exploration is an inherently creative activity," said Dante
> Lauretta, principal investigator for OSIRIS-REx at the University of Arizona,
> Tucson. "We are inviting the world to join us on this great adventure by
> placing their art work on the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, where it will stay in
> space for millennia."
> The spacecraft will voyage to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu to collect a
> sample of at least 60 grams (2.1 ounces) and return it to Earth for study.
> Scientists expect Bennu may hold clues to the origin of the solar system and
> the source of the water and organic molecules that may have made their way to
> Earth.
> Goddard provides overall mission management, systems engineering and safety
> and mission assurance for OSIRIS-REx. The University of Arizona, Tucson leads
> the science team and observation planning and processing. Lockheed Martin
> Space Systems in Denver is building the spacecraft. OSIRIS-REx is the third
> mission in NASA's New Frontiers Program. NASA's Marshall Space Flight
> Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages New Frontiers for the agency's Science
> Mission Directorate in Washington.
> For more information on OSIRIS-Rex, visit:
> http://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex
> -end-
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Dolores H. Hill
Sr. Research Specialist
Lunar & Planetary Laboratory
Kuiper Space Sciences Bldg. #92
The University of Arizona
1629 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721
OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission Communication & Public Engagement Team
Lead OSIRIS-REx Ambassadors program
Co-lead OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroids! citizen science program
Co-coordinator Target NEOs! observing program of the Astronomical League
Received on Fri 19 Feb 2016 06:56:16 PM PST

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