Tim Peake has a new mission logo

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03 December 2014

In 2015, Tim Peake will become the first British astronaut to board the International Space Station. His six-month mission in zero gravity is called ‘Principia’ after Isaac Newton’s famous book on gravity.

For the last 30 years it has been tradition for each ESA mission to have its own logo. The ESA patches can include the Space Station, the mission or any aspect of space.

A few months ago schoolchildren from the United Kingdom were invited to design the official mission patch for Tim. By September, more than 3000 fantastic entries had been sent in.

After weeks pouring over the designs, Tim has now chosen the winning logo for his mission.

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The design is by 13-year-old Troy. It includes the apple that led to Isaac Newton’s discovery of gravity. Plus, Tim will be promoting healthy eating as part of his mission.

Troy has also included a cartoon-style Space Station that can be seen glinting in the apple and the Soyuz rocket that will launch Tim into space flying over the UK. To represent Tim’s home country, the colours of Britain’s Union Flag have been added along the border.

If you want to see the logos for all previous ESA missions visit http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Welcome_to_ESA/ESA_history

Tim Peake's Principia mission