The first British astronaut hired by the European Space Agency seeks a name for his mission

Pick a name for Tim Peake's space mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for the best name for the six-month mission of the British astronaut Tim Peake to the International Space Station and invites the public to submit ideas.

A former British Army Air Corps officer and the first UK citizen to be selected to become an astronaut with the European Space Agency, Tim Peake is set to join the Expedition 45 and 46, together with Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and three others.

Although Peake still has more than a year of training to complete before the November 2015 launch, the European Space Agency has already started brainstorming about the best possible mission name and hopes the public can help come up with some original ideas.

ESA accepts entries that are rather short and not copyrighted. The author of the best idea will receive a mission patch signed by Peake, who is the UK ambassador for science and space careers and works with the UK Space Agency on the development of the microgravity research programme.

Having been selected from thousands of applicants together with five other Europeans to become a member of ESA’s 2009 astronaut class, Tim Peake will embark on his mission following German Alexander Gerst, Italian Samantha Cristoforetti and Danish Andreas Mogensen.

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