Miguel de Cervantes is without doubt the most international Spanish writer. Therefore, there could not be a better name for a mission to the International Space Station with so much Spanish involvement. The Cervantes Mission will contribute to further internationalizing Spanish science and technology.
Moreover, the “symbolic objects” that will fly in the Cervantes Mission will include an edition of Don Quixote on CD. On its return, a seal with the signatures of the Mission crew members will certify that this CD and the other “symbols” were actually on the Space Station.