If you've ever thought of your artwork floating among the star, NASA has the opportunity for you. The space agency has launched a campaign dubbed "We The Explorers," where their OSIRIS-REx will be traveling to the asteroid Bennu and back, carrying art from anyone sent in via Twitter. It's basically a public time capsule that's being sent into space and deposited on an asteroid, where it will remain for all time.
The OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) is to be the US's first spacecraft to bring back a sample of the asteroid Bennu for study. The vessel is being launched this September, and is scheduled to return in 2023, but in-between it will carry a chip full of the public's art, leaving it behind before its return journey.
As a follow-up to the "Messages to Bennu" campaign, which will see over 442,000 names sent to the asteroid on a different chip, NASA says it's accepting any space-inspired art, in forms including a sketch, photograph, graphic, poem, song, short video, or other creative or artistic expression (yes, that includes GIFs).
Submissions are being accepted between now and March 20th. Users can mention @OSIRISREx on Twitter or @OSIRIS_REx on Instagram with their artwork, and include the hashtag #WeTheExplorers. The full details can be found on the "We The Explorers" website.
"Space exploration is an inherently creative activity," noted OSIRIS-REx principal investigator Dante Lauretta. "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."