Name Thomas' next space mission!
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is due to fly to the International Space Station in 2021 and will soon begin training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA after finishing a training session at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. We have the operational side covered... but we need your help to find the name of the mission!
Thomas is a member of ESA's astronaut class of 2009, and first flew to the Space Station in 2016 for his Proxima mission. Now he needs your help to find a suitable name for his next trip to space – a six-month mission filled with science experiments and research in microgravity and Space Station maintenance.
The name of an astronaut mission is one of its most iconic elements. It embodies the mission's purpose, reflects the astronaut's personality and is referenced anytime ESA reports on the astronaut's training and work in space.
Finding the name will be the first step in creating a patch that Thomas will wear on official astronaut outfits and, as such, should be: easy to pronounce in most languages (including English and French), short enough to figure on a logo, and original enough to capture the uniqueness of a space mission.
As well as being directly involved in European spaceflight history, the winner of this naming contest, proposed by ESA in partnership with France's space agency CNES, will received a signed mission patch that will be flown on the International Space Station with Thomas.
Are you feeling inspired? Send us your submission by midnight Tuesday 12 May CEST and the result could be out of this world.
- Participants from any country may submit a mission name for consideration. Minors must also complete the Parental Permission section of the form.
- The submitted mission name must not be a proper noun unless it holds a widely known signification such as a mythological name.
- The submitted mission name must be a single word without spaces, dashes or symbols, in the Latin alphabet.
- The winner will be selected during summer 2020 and notified as soon as possible thereafter.