EU children to have their names in Space!

The European Commission is holding a drawing competition for children in each EU member state from 1 September to 15 November 2011. The winners will have a real Galileo Programme Satellite named after them.

The competition is open tochildren aged 9 – 11 years old (children born in 2000, 2001 and 2002), living in the EU.

To take part each child must submit a piece of artwork based on the theme “Space and Aeronautics”. This might be a picture of the Earth together with other planets and satellites or the launch of the Galileo satellite rockets. The children are invited to give free rein to their imagination and use any drawing, painting and colouring material and techniques they wish to. Pictures must then be scanned or photographed and uploaded to the competition website.

The winners will be selected by national jury panels made up of astronauts and other well known figures.

The competition runs from 1st September – 15th November 2011 and the winners will be announced in January 2012. Registration and full terms and conditions will be accessible from the competition website www.galileocontest.eu as of 1st September (the competition is currently open for Belgium and Bulgaria only, which have different timings than the other EU countries).

The Galileo Programme
The Galileo Programme is developing Europe’s independent satellite navigation system. It will allow Europe to remain at the forefront of space-related technologies and ensure European access to satellite navigation independently from the American GPS system. The new system will serve many applications including transportation management and mobile phone applications.  For further details regarding The Galileo Programme please visit http://ec.europa.eu/galileo