Send A Message to an Asteroid

By on September 5, 2014 in

The OSIRIS-Rex mission is launching to asteroid Bennu in 2016, and you can virtually go along! The team is sending a time capsule full of images and statements about our exploration of the Solar System to be opened when the spacecraft resumes with a piece of Bennu in 2023. You can join the time capsule with your name or short message with the Twitter or Instagram hashtag #AsteroidMission. Think about where we are now and where you think we’ll be nine years from now when a pristine piece of asteroid is returned to us for study. Check out the website for more information.

You can still submit your name, as well, to the asteroid Bennu at for the “Messages to Bennu” campaign.

Be sure to keep up with the mission on Instagram and Twitter as the launch gets closer! And while we wait, you can still explore asteroid Vesta from Dawn’s data with AsteroidMappers right here on CosmoQuest.


About Nicole Gugliucci

Nicole Gugliucci is a Ph.D astronomer and works with the fabulous project known as CosmoQuest.

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One Response to Send A Message to an Asteroid

  1. Durval Menezes September 29, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    Too bad NASA insists on Twitter, as I don’t have a Twitter account and refuse to create one (Twitter is the last step before the Internet becoming total noise).