Astronaut Wants Our Help!


The European Space Agency is asking people to choose a name for British astronaut Tim Peake’s next mission to the International Space Station. (BBC)

Any name is going to have a hard time topping this.

This will be Tim Peake's home for six months in 2016. He'll be sitting in a tin can, far above the world . . .  Photograph courtesy NASA
This will be Tim Peake’s home for six months in 2016. He’ll be . . . sitting in a tin can.
Photograph courtesy NASA

Discussion Ideas

  • The European Space Agency (ESA) competition to name Tim Peake’s mission is open to citizens or residents of all ESA member states. (Take a look here for a list.) The United States, certainly a leader in space exploration, isn’t a member. Why not?
    • We have NASA! The ESA is the organization that promotes space research and technology among Western European states. And Canada. Here are other leading space agencies:
      • NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
      • ROSCOSMOS (Russian Federal Space Agency)
      • CSNA (China National Space Administration)
      • JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
      • ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization)
  • The ESA also recommends acronyms, a naming convention NASA loves. There’s MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging), POES (Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite), SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) and STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) . . . Can you think of any acronyms for Peake’s mission? Read about Tim Peake, his mission, or the ISS for some ideas. Here are some quick ones to get you started.
    • EAST (English ASTronaut)
    • HELPS (HELicopter Pilot in Space)
    • BASIS (British AStronaut on the ISs)
    • SEASON (Scientific English AStronaut in Orbit for the New year)
    • BRO (British Redhead in Orbit)
    • TIES (TIm the Enchanter in Space)

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