Send Your Ideas on Space Exploration for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Time Capsule

Send Your Ideas on Space Exploration for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Time Capsule

NASA is asking the worldwide public to submit messages and images for possible inclusion in a time capsule that will launch on its robotic OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission in 2016. 

This is the agency’s second outreach effort associated with the asteroid sample return mission, whose full name is Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer.  The spacecraft will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu and return a sample of it to Earth.  The first outreach activity, announced in January, asked the public to submit names to be etched on a microchip aboard the spacecraft. This new effort invites anyone to submit short messages or images from which the agency will choose 50 of each to be included in the time capsule.

OSIRIS-REx will return a sample of asteroid Bennu to Earth in 2023.   The time capsule will return to Earth with the sample, opened, and the messages and images will then be posted online.   Topics should be about solar system exploration in 2014 and predictions for space exploration in 2023.

Details on how to submit a message or image is on a special website established for that purpose.

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