Blue Peter is launching a competition for viewers to design the mission patch for British astronaut Tim Peake to wear on his space suit, when he travels to the International Space Station next year.
Run in collaboration with the UK Space Agency, the competition launched last night and closes on the 26th September.
“During my six-month stay on board the International Space Station, I will be involved in a wide variety of interesting scientific experiments and research, such as medicine, how our bodies adapt to life in space and advancing our understanding of planet Earth. These activities benefit us here on Earth as well as paving the way for future space exploration,” explained Peake.
“To continue the long tradition of space mission patches I’d like to challenge the talented Blue Peter viewers to come up with a unique and inspirational mission patch design. The patch could reflect some of the challenging and exciting elements of my mission and our culture of exploration.”
The winner of the competition will also get a chance to meet Peake.
“Blue Peter has a long history of giving fantastic once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to its audience and this competition will definitely be one of those. We’re looking forward to seeing the brilliant designs we’re sure our viewers will come up with,” said Ewan Vinnicombe, editor of Blue Peter.