The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is offering people the opportunity to send their artwork into space aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft that will launch on September 8, 2016, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The purpose of the OSIRIS-REx mission is to analyze mineral and chemical samples from the asteroid Bennu. It is hoped that material from the asteroid might provide insight relating to the starting point of life.
We The Explorers
Through an effort called “We the Explorers,” the OSIRIS-REx mission team invites people to share their creative reflections pertaining to the meaning of exploration.
The mission’s website, AsteroidMission.org, states that participants should ponder the following “big questions”:
- What does it mean to be an explorer like OSIRIS-REx?
- What might this mission teach us about ourselves and our universe?
- How are we as a people stretched and deepened by explorations beyond our Earthly home?
The selected submissions will be stored on a drive that will be aboard the spacecraft. The site further states that the submitted artwork:
Submissions via Social Media
The submission process is very easy, as you are able to submit your artwork via Twitter or Instagram. You simply post the artwork on either platform mentioning/tagging @OSIRISREx on Twitter or @OSIRIS_REX on Instagram.
It is important that your post include the following hashtag: #WeTheExplorers.
Your artwork must be submitted by Sunday, March 20, 2016, 11:59 PM, PDT, and your art submissions must remain posted on the platform until April 30, 2016.
For complete details, you should visit: We The Explorers.
Follow the mission on Twitter, here: OSIRISREx
Check out the mission on Instagram, here: osiris_rex