Natalia, Thijs, Tara, Milena … Galileo satellites bear their names

Over 16 000 children across the EU participated in the Galileo Drawing Competition in a bid to have a Galileo Programme Satellite named after them.
The competition, which had been launched by the European Commission with the aim of raising the interest of children in space activities, will offer 27 children the unique opportunity to give a satellite their name.
Thijs from Belgium and Natalia from Bulgaria were chosen last June 2011 as the winners in their respective countries and their satellites were successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana on 21st October 2011.
The rest of the winners are being announced at award ceremonies in the Member States over the coming weeks.

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