OFF PLANET ART
MADE ON EARTH
EXHIBITING OUT THERE
OFF PLANET ART
MADE ON EARTH
EXHIBITING OUT THERE
[2016 NASA Press Release 16-019]
FEB 19, 2016
NASA calls for Art Submissions (see also, 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.
Thousands of under-celebrated Artists officially have their Artworks exhibiting in space!
Art that will get to do what no other human Art has done, live on a Space Craft sampling an asteroid. Eventually, as OSIRIS-REx and the Art Exhibition will retire 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 the OSIRIS-REx teams [dramatic pause] 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!
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.
Where is the fan-fair?
Thousands of Artists have digital copies of their art speeding through space with an active mission to get samples of the some of the oldest rock in our solar system, and bring it back to Earth!
Where on Earth is the gallery where the public can see this amazing diversity of earth and humanity?
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 riding with it, the Earth Art that was launched into space with the craft years ago.
lookpastit.com begins the vote for the earth art exhibit domain name.
The winner is... offplanetart.com!
MADE ON EARTH
EXHIBITING OUT THERE
What does this collection say about Earth?
SEPT 22-24, 2023
Off Planet Art drops the first act of our "MADE ON EARTH. EXHIBITING OUT THERE." collection:
OSIRIS-REx drops the samples off on Earth, where scientists are waiting to begin analysis, before the rest of the craft deflects from Earth to study the other asteroid, Apophis.
Both the OSIRIS-REx Mission and offplanetart.com prepare for their second act.
When, in human history, has such a vast and diverse art collection been exhibited together? When, in the history of art and science, has such a vast and diverse art collection exhibited along-side an active mission of new frontier exploration and discovery? When, in Earth's history, has such a vast and diverse art collection exhibited as a time capsule of tellurian life, achievements and dreams?
The answer is now.
NASA has provided 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 more of the 7,000+ Artworks and their Artists into our curated gallery, 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?
This submission form is only to be used by Artisans who submitted their work to fly with OSRIS-REx in 2016, via Twitter (now, X) or Instagram. After we receive your submission we will verify, to the best of our abilities, that your artwork is one of the over 7,000+ artworks on the OSIRIS-REx Mission, before we reply.
All others, please use the contact form below, thank you!
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For the love of Earth, Humanity, Art, Exploration and Discovery!
No. Still, we hope we represent them and the Artists, well.
U.S. Artist M.E., founder of lookpastit.com
Absolutely! Act One has just begun so, check back for updates!
1st of every month thru March 1, 2024 the Act One Opener will expand the Artwork seen in the Moments, Feels, and Dreams galleries.
March 20, 2024 begins the next scene of Act One, details to be revealed closer to release.
The play is, in terms of art, the closest relative to space missions. The space mission, like the play, requires a script, collaboration, practice, precision, improvisation, and most impressively, conscious-time.