Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
  Space Travel News  

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

A Chance To Name Europe's Next Astronaut Mission

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli stands in front of the launch countdown clock at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The clock shows the time since the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis was scrubbed because of problems with the Shuttle's External Tank engine cut-off (ECO) sensors on 6 December 2007. Atlantis carried the European Columbus laboratory in to orbit on the STS-122 mission. Credits: ESA - S. Corvaja
by Staff Writers
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 07, 2010
ESA's Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli will soon visit the International Space Station, and he needs your help to name his mission.

Paolo Nespoli is now in intensive training for his challenging 6-month mission that will start next November. He will be launched in a Soyuz TMA spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 30 November with Dmitri Kondratyev and Catherine Coleman.

After docking two days later, they will stay on the International Space Station (ISS) as members of Expeditions 26/27. This will be Paolo's second time aboard the ISS: he flew in 2007 on a Space Shuttle to deliver and install the Node-2 module.

This will be the third six-month mission by a European astronaut on the Station. Between December 2010 and June 2011 he will be part of the ISS crew as a flight engineer. In addition to his technical and operational duties, he has an extensive programme of scientific experiments and educational activities. He will use a novel 3D camera to show realistic views from inside and outside the ISS.

The ISS has many more years of use ahead - at least until 2020 - and the European astronaut missions contribute significantly to the scientific exploitation of Europe's Columbus laboratory. Paolo's mission is currently known as 'E3', Europe's third long-duration mission on the ISS.

From Esperia to ... what?
Paolo's previous mission was called Esperia from the Ancient Greek name for the Italian peninsula. Following the enthusiastic response to earlier competitions, ESA is again inviting European citizens to suggest names for his new mission.

The competition is open to all citizens and residents of ESA's Member States. The winning name will become the official name of Nespoli's mission and the winner will receive a frame with the mission logo signed by European astronauts.

The name should reflect the following aspects:

Europe's important role in the global undertaking of human spaceflight and exploration, as demonstrated by the many missions and hardware delivered to the ISS;

The three 'dimensions' of astronaut missions that serve science, technology and education, as well as the 3D pictures and videos that Paolo will be taking during his mission;

Astronauts need to stay fit on the ground and in space. As Paolo's educational activities will focus on the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle, the mission name has to reflect this;

Paolo is Italian, so the mission name may also reflect Italian culture as an ingredient of the pan-European outlook.

How to submit?
Send your proposal to by 18:00 CEST (16:00 GMT) on 30 June 2010 with the subject line 'Paolo Nespoli Mission Name Competition'. The name should be a word or a short combination of words. Do not use a personal name, unless it is a mythological name with a commonly known symbolic meaning. Include your real full name, age, home address and phone number in your email.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
the full conditions
Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

SpaceX founder Elon Musk, a 'renaissance man'
Washington (AFP) June 4, 2010
SpaceX founder Elon Musk is a hard-charging former Internet entrepreneur who has channeled a fortune into a series of ambitious ventures - from space flight to electric cars to solar energy. Besides SpaceX, whose Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on its maiden voyage on Friday, Musk, 38, is the co-founder of electric carmaker Tesla Motors and SolarCity, a company which makes solar panels ... read more

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement