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Mission Principia

by AprilSix Proof

UK astronaut Tim Peake picks name for his 6-month mission to ISS

When Tim Peake sets off for his six-month space journey next year, it will mark the first time an ESA astronaut from the UK will visit the International Space Station.

To strengthen the UK public’s connection with the mission, an open call was made for people to suggest the mission name. More than 4000 people replied to the call for a mission name earlier this year and Principia was suggested 20 times. The name refers to Isaac Newton’s world-changing three-part text on physics, Naturalis Principia Mathematica, describing the principal laws of motion and gravity.

“I am delighted with this name that honours one of Europe’s most famous scientists” said Tim. “I hope it will also encourage people to observe the world as if for the first time – just as Isaac Newton did.”

ESA and the BBC have also announced the launch of a competition to design Tim Peake’s Principia mission patch, which will be run by Blue Peter, the world’s longest-running children’s television show, later this year.

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