Send a Message to Bennu

osiris-logo   Some time back I wrote about a NASA mission to an asteroid with a dinosaur-ish sounding name. The mission, OSIRIS-REx, or the more easily said Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, is actually a sample return mission scheduled for launch in 2016 to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu and return with samples to Earth in 2023.
   

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and The Planetary Society invite you to submit your name for a round-trip ride to asteroid Bennu. Your name will hitch a ride to the asteroid, spend 500 days there, and return in the Sample Return Capsule to Earth in 2023.

Click here to go to the web page for adding your name to the mission, and to download and print out a certificate.

   
   
   
Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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