Competition to name Brit astronaut's mission launched

A competition has been launched asking people to name astronaut Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station.

Major Peake will become the first official British astronaut. Credit: UK Space Centre

Peake, who is set to become the first Briton to visit the ISS, took time out from his training to talk to school groups and hear some of their suggestions for the mission's name.

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: "The naming competition is just one of many opportunities for young people to get involved in a mission that will shape the future of Britain’s space programme and inspire generations.”

Peake said: “The ISS is a cutting edge research laboratory that is pushing the boundaries of what is scientifically, technically and humanly possibly. My 6 month stay onboard mankind's outpost in space is going to be both challenging and incredibly exciting."

The winning entrant will see their suggested name become the mission's official title and they will receive a signed mission logo.