Asteroid Bennu passes Earth every six years;
in 2182, it’s possible it might strike the
NASA project scientist cites spacecraft
development as “hugely creative process”
Art submissions should “reflect what it
means to be an explorer,” NASA says
(CNN)— You may not ever get to go to space,
but if you have a knack for art, you could send
your paintings, poems or songs to an asteroid.
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 probe will be the
first to collect a sample of asteroid and bring
it back to Earth.
The spacecraft is scheduled to launch in
September and travel to the asteroid Bennu to
collect about 2 ounces (57 grams) of materials
from the space rock and bring them back to
Earth in 2023.
Bennu, formerly known as Asteroid 2012
DA14 , passed within 22,000 miles of Earth on
February 15, 2013. That’s close for an
asteroid, NASA says, less than a tenth of the
distance to the moon. The rock, which has a
538-yard (492-meter) diameter, makes a close
pass by our planet every six years.
Scientists say this means there is a high
probability that Bennu could hit Earth in 2182.
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