Cape Canaveral, Florida
Last week's NASA Social was a two-day event during which active social media users were invited to apply for special access to the Kennedy Space Center facilities, meet engineers and scientists, and interact with press and diverse social media influence-rs with the goal of sharing the NASA story with their various audiences. I found out about it via the NASA Instagram account.
Originally, my goal was to focus on gathering inspiration for new artistic endeavors, but I feel like I have come away from this experience with so much more than that.
About the mission:
Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx): NASA is sending the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to a near-Earth asteroid (Bennu). OSIRIS will use a robotic arm to acquire carbon-rich samples that could tell scientists a great deal about the origin of our solar system, and return the findings to Earth in 2023. It is the first asteroid sample return mission ever.
What I learned:
NASA is doing amazing things all the time. I had always assumed that they launched things into space here and there, but it hadn’t occurred to me how often they are churning out new, groundbreaking missions on the reg. I loved listening to the minds behind those projects explain their commitment to exploratory progress and ingenuity; they truly want people all over the world to be interested and involved.
Watching the blastoff!
If you’re curious to learn specific info (from actual smart people) about the OSIRIS-REx mission/timeline, check out these websites: