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Help ESA to name Europe's next mission to the Space Station

08. 06. 11

André Kuipers will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in November and the European Space Agency has launched a competition to try to find a suitable name for the mission.

This will be André’s second mission to the Space Station: he made an 11-day visit in 2004 as part of a crew rotation flight. But this time he will be staying for about six months, as a flight engineer on Expeditions 30 and 31. He will see the ISS in its full glory – in 2004 it had just three main modules. André will perform an extensive programme of scientific experiments and take part in several educational activities, in addition to an engineer’s operational duties.

A broadly European mission name is now required, preferably linked to the environment, climate and biodiversity. André also a medical doctor, and this might inspire ideas for a name and logo leaning towards health and biology. He is also an ambassador of the World Wildlife Fund and an emphasis of his mission will be on taking care of Earth and its inhabitants, and how space can help.

If you can think of a great name then please send your proposal to kuipersmissionname@esa.int by 18:00 CEST (16:00 GMT) on 30 June 2011.

Before sending in your entry, please also read the instructions carefully.

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