OFF PLANET ART
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OFF PLANET ART
[NASA Press Release 16-019]
Art & Artists with one thing in common: Off Planet Exposure!
FEB 19, 2016
NASA calls for Art Submissions (see press release above) to join Lockheed Martin and the University of Arizona in the OSIRIS-REx (Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer) Mission.
Thousands of Artists answered!
The Mission itself aims to obtain and return to earth, samples from a carbon-based, multi-billion year old asteroid as tall as the Empire State Building, said to be remnants of our solar system's formation. We call it Bennu.
MAR 20, 2016
NASA prepares the digital chip for space travel with more than seven thousand peices of visual, written, and auditory arts.
From here on, the space ship carries the only copy of the entire collection, as it's later reported by Dante Lauretta, principal investigator for OSIRIS-REx at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
was only a "wouldn't it be cool?" idea, at the time.
SEPT 8, 2016
OSIRIS-REx launches flawlessly at 7:05 PM EDT from Cape Canaveral, Florida on an Atlas V rocket in the 411 configuration.
M.E. of lookpastit.com officially has Art in Space, along with thousands of other un-celebrated Artists!
Art that will get to do what no other human Art has done, live on a Space Craft sampling an asteroid, and then, orbiting the sun for as long as the space craft remains viable. Millennia!
SEPT 22, 2017
OSIRIS-REx swings by Earth to "borrow" some gravity for a 'sling-shot' toward the asteroid Bennu.
"During its Earth Gravity Assist maneuver last September, OSIRIS-REx used its MapCam imager to capture this color composite portrait of the spacecraft's home planet, centered on the Pacific Ocean. The dark vertical streaks at the top of the image are caused by short exposure times (less than three milliseconds), which were used to image Earth because the planet is much brighter than the dark asteroid the cameras were designed to image."
[source: OSIRIS-REx e-mail update 20180417]
The spacecraft also captured spectral data, and images of the Moon and the Earth-Moon system during its flyby.
JAN - OCT 2018
After the gravity assist, OSIRIS-REx traveled an average of 64,186 mph ( 103,297 kph ), so by January 2018, our Earth and moon were 39.5 million miles ( 63.6 million km ) away from it, and little more than a bright light in the dark sky.
That is one far-traveled Art Exhibition!
To approach the target, the space-craft actually had to preform a series of breaking manuvers to slow down enough to align with the asteroid Bennu, averaging 63,000 mph ( 101,389 kph! ) around our sun, at near the same orbit as Earth.
Yes, that makes this asteroid doomed to collide with Earth in the late 22nd century, but we will undoubtedly have the technology to thwart it by then!
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
OSIRIS-REX surveyed Bennu, collecting data and selecting the best place for sampling.
Believe it or not, Joe-and-Jane-Normal-Scientists were asked to help NASA and the OSIRIS-REx team... count rocks. It sounds boring and not very glorious, but it was vital to a successful sample collection. Can't have rocks flying around that could damage our beautiful space-craft now, can we? Sample selection site candidates were selected, in part, by the fewest number of potentially hazardous rocks.
In the surveying, Bennu became the first 'Active' Asteroid to be observed up-close, and OSIRIS-REx the first to observe it. For those really interested in the discoveries that were waiting for us upon Bennu, please visit the asteroidmission.org summary of the OSIRIS-REx special collection in Nature.
OCT 20-28, 2020
After many rehearsals, it's official: touch-down!
Want to see how the scientists designed this space-craft to collect samples from an asteroid over 200 million miles from Earth?
OSIRIS-REx touched down on Benu October 20, 2020 collecting samples of Bennu's surface material, at least 2.1 ounces (59.5 grams) and up to 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) of it, which will be returned to earth by 2023. Although the touch-down occurred on the 20th, it took several days to verify the collection was successful and in a workable amount. By October 28th, the sample head was stored safely in the capsule that will be it's ride to Earth!
It's a lot of work to take samples from such a long distance!
MAR - MAY 2021
With samples stowed, OSIRIS-REx's departure window opened in March of 2021, and with all variables in order, the craft did one last fly-over for photos on April 7th.
Afterward, the craft departed from Bennu on May 10th, using the most complex thrusting maneuvers since it's arrival, hurtling the craft up to 600 mph (1000 kph) away from the ancient rock. The spacecraft and art-exhibit are headed for Earth, a two and a half year journey between celestial bodies, so OSIRIS-REx can drop off the collected samples to waiting scientists FIVE YEARS after the mission launched into space!
Read more here.
lookpastit.com begins the call for all the submitting Artisans to provide more insights into their submissions and themselves, in preparation for a website database curated gallery exhibition of all the artworks, over 7,000 of them!
OSIRIS-REx now has a green light to visit ANOTHER asteroid after returning Bennu's samples to Earth in September of 2023. The new asteroid in question? Apophis, another asteroid with a similar orbit as earth, calculated to be approaching earth in 2029.It will get so CLOSE to Earth, people in Europe and Africa will be able to see Apophis with their naked eye!
So, OSIRIS-REx will drop off Bennu's samples and then turn back around (probably with a gravity assist) and head back into space to study the next Asteroid, and with it, the Earth Art that was launched into space with the craft six years ago.
lookpastit.com begins the vote for the earth art exhibit domain name.
The domain aims to serve as both a database and a showcase, to provide more insights into the art submissions and the Artisans who submitted them. The winner is... offplanetart.com!
What does this collection say about Earth?
NASA declined to participate
beyond making sure NASA is well represented, mostly on account of some artworks not being family friendly...
OSIRIS-REx drops the samples off on Earth before the rest of the craft deflects from Earth to study the other asteroid, Apophis (unless Misson Control changes their minds on how to use the craft after her primary mission is accomplished.)
Regardless, the “Earth Art” collection remains in space for millennia, like the stars themselves, and we bring them back to earth in an online database and Gallery Exhibition for all of the world to see and glean insights into our explorer spirit!
Can't you just feel we're on the leading edge?!
NASA has provided to the public an interactive educational resource for gaining perspective about our solar system and all the "objects" in it. This digital orrery is, according to the website, "a mobile friendly and lite version of NASA's EYES, reporting in realtime, the position of all the objects we're tracking in our galactic neighborhood."
So, while we compile and create the Gallery Database of Off Planet Art, please, indulge in this planetary resource of perspective, see where the Art is now, and experience what it feels like to KNOW life is about more than what is happening on our wonderful planet.
Did you know we have 5 dwarf planets in our solar system?
Did you know we won't see the Hale-Bopp comet with our naked eyes again, from Earth, until 3731?
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