ACTION POEM. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission (update)

Bennu

 

One of my photographs is stored on a microchip on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft that just reached the asteroïd Bennu. Above, a photograph taken on November 16, 2018, from a distance of 85 miles (136 km).

 

OsirisOsiris 2

 

A 7 years journey, the goal is to map the asteroïd’s surface and collect samples to be sent back to Earth. Bennu, a potentially hazardous object, could hit our planet next century. After mission completion, the spacecraft and artwork will remain in space for millennia on a stable orbit around the Sun.

 

Hand stencil

 

CREDITS & INFORMATIONS

NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
Coffin and corn mummy with Osiris mask (MET Museum)
Eva Wollenberg, the sky ”hand stencil” artwork stored aboard
OSIRIS-REx | Video of the launch | Osiris | Bennu

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