Did you know we have a UK Space Agency?

Yes, here in the UK we have our own Space Agency.

Founded on the 1st of April 2010 the UKSA is responsible for the United Kingdom’s civil space programme.

UKSA announced today that after a daunting process of elimination, a logo has been chosen for ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS in 2015.

In partnership with ESA and the UK Space Agency, the BBC’s Blue Peter programme asked schoolchildren to design a mission patch for Tim and received more than 3000 entries.

Tim Peake/UKSA

               Blue Peter presenter Lindsey, competition winner Troy and UK ESA astronaut, Tim Peake with the patch.

The winning entry is by 13-year-old Troy, who explains:

“Principia refers to Isaac Newton’s principal laws of gravity and motion so I drew an apple because that is how he discovered gravity. Plus Tim Peake is promoting healthy eating as part of his mission and apples are healthy.”

Fittingly, a stylised Space Station glints in the apple.

The Soyuz rocket taking Tim into space flies over the UK as the colours of the Union Flag run along the border.

Well done Troy!

PS. Its really cool to see a Union Flag on a flight-suit.

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