Attention all budding astronauts! UK Space Agency launches a competition for 4-11-year-olds to design a logo to go on rockets blasting off from UK spaceports in 2022

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  • Entries for the contest can be submitted from now until March 11, 2020
  • The winners will receive a special prize and can even participate in the first rocket launch
  • A second competition – designing a climate satellite – 16+ . open to people of age group
  • UK space agency hopes competition will inspire interest in space missions

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A competition is offering elementary-school-age kids a shot at designing a logo that will adorn the sides of rockets launched from a UK spaceport next year.

The UK Space Agency’s competition is open to children across the country and will run until March 11, 2022, ensuring that children, parents and teachers have time to enter.

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Children can enter alone or in teams of up to four people. Entries can be submitted as drawings, paintings or designs developed on a computer.

Winners from each region will receive a special prize, while all entrants will have the opportunity to download their personalized LaunchUK Participation Certificate.

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Finalists may also have the opportunity, the agency said, to participate in the first launch, which will carry the small climate monitoring and Comus satellites into orbit.

A second competition – in which entrants will design a satellite to help inform climate change solutions – is also being opened to older students (aged 16+) and adults.

A competition is offering elementary-school-age kids a shot at designing a logo that will adorn the sides of rockets launched from a UK spaceport next year.

Britain’s first spaceport

The UK Space Agency selected Sutherland on the north coast of Scotland as the site for Britain’s first spaceport.

The site is being developed by US aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin.

The port will boost Scotland’s already growing satellite industry.

Outside the US, Scotland produces more satellites than any other country.

It is hoped that the UK will launch an estimated 2,000 satellites by 2030.

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Following the government’s National Space Strategy, the UK will be the first country in Europe to host small satellite launches.

UK Space Agency Deputy CEO Ian Annette said, “Next year, small satellites will launch from a UK spaceport for the first time, helping to support our world-leading Earth observation capabilities and create highly skilled jobs across the country.” “

He added: ‘This competition gives young people the opportunity to learn more about this exciting activity and hopefully inspire them to become the next generation of space talent and be part of the UK’s thriving space sector.’

The logo design submitted for the competition should reflect how data collected from small satellite missions can help us develop solutions to combat climate change.

According to the UK Space Agency, about half of the variety of data needed to accurately monitor Earth’s climate is currently collected by satellites.

They relay routine data to scientists on measurements such as the extent of the polar ice cap, changes in global sea level, the temperature of oceans and deserts – and even the numbers of endangered animals such as walruses and whales.

The UK is playing a key role in three upcoming satellite missions – MicroCarb, Truths and Biomass – which will measure carbon emissions, improve climate data and monitor the health of the world’s forests, respectively.

The UK Space Agency selected Sutherland on the north coast of Scotland as the site for Britain’s first spaceport.

Other proposed locations for the UK spaceport are Newquay in Cornwall, Snowdonia in North Wales and – in Scotland – the Western Isles, Glasgow, Macrihanish and Shetland.

The UK Space Agency selected Sutherland on the north coast of Scotland as the site for the UK's first spaceport.  Image: An artist's impression of the British spaceport

The UK Space Agency selected Sutherland on the north coast of Scotland as the site for the UK’s first spaceport. Image: An artist’s impression of the British spaceport

UK Science Minister George Freeman said: “2022 will be a historic year for Britain’s space and satellite industry, with the exciting prospect of launching the first small satellites off British soil.”

“The continued strength of our growing space industry depends on finding and attracting the talent of the future,” he said.

‘The contest is a great way for kids to learn about the importance of satellites and show off their creativity.’

The competition can be entered through online UK Space Agency Logo Contest Website, Postal entries will also be accepted.

NASA plans to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s after the first landing on the Moon

Mars has become the next giant leap for mankind’s exploration in space.

But before humans reach the Red Planet, astronauts will take small steps by returning to the Moon for a year-long mission.

Details of a mission to lunar orbit have been unveiled as part of a timeline of events leading up to the mission to Mars in the 2030s.

NASA outlines its four-stage plan (pictured) that it hopes will one day allow humans to visit Mars at the Human to Mars Summit held in Washington DC tomorrow.  It will complete multiple missions to the Moon in the coming decades

NASA outlines its four-stage plan (pictured) that it hopes will one day allow humans to visit Mars at the Human to Mars Summit held in Washington DC tomorrow. It will complete multiple missions to the Moon in the coming decades

In May 2017, Greg Williams, deputy associate administrator for policy and plans at NASA, outlined the space agency’s four-phase plan that he hopes will one day allow humans to visit Mars, as well as its expected time- Limit too.

step one and two It would involve multiple trips to lunar space to allow the construction of a habitat that would provide a staging area for travel.

The final piece of hardware delivered will be the actual Deep Space Transport Vehicle that will later be used to carry the crew to Mars.

And one year of life on Mars will be simulated in 2027.

Phases three and four will begin after 2030 and include continuous crewed missions to the Martian system and to the surface of Mars.

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