We are all explorers in our own way. Whether it’s an expedition to a distant asteroid, meticulous research revealing the inner workings of a tiny cell, or the creation of a moving song or poem, exploration is the essence of our human spirit.
-Asteroid Sample Return Mission (#WeTheExplorers)
NASA is inviting the public to send art to an asteroid on its new spacecraft: the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx for short. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 11:59 pm PDT or when capacity of the drive that will carry submissions to space is reached, whichever occurs first. Submissions must be posted and correctly tagged before this deadline and must remain accessible on the platform until at least April 30, 2016. Contributions—which may take the form of a sketch, photograph, graphic, poem, song, short video or other creative or artistic expression—can be made by tagging the mission on Twitter (@OSIRISREx) or Instagram (@OSIRIS_REX) and including the hashtag #WeTheExplorers.
The actual purpose of the mission is to collect a sample of asteroid for the first time and bring it back to Earth. But the probe will be hanging out at the asteroid “Bennu” for over two years, so that could mean some serious exposure. Or not.
For more information, visit the mission’s website or Facebook page. For some surreal spaceman art, watch Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, rapping away on “Rocket Experience” below. (The “Making Of Video with Snoop Dogg” may even be weirder!)