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Name ESA mission

on 04 June 2021

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites you to submit proposals to the call of ideas for finding a name for the European Space Agency (ESA)’s new mission. The deadline for submissions is 17 October 2021, and the selected entry will win a prize.

ESA’s new mission is to spot potentially hazardous solar storms before they reach Earth. The spacecraft, currently known as "Lagrange", will be the first of its kind and will keep constantly sending a stream of data to ESA’s Space Weather Service Network.

Flying to a unique position in space, fixed in relation to the Sun and Earth,  it will have a ‘side view’ which allows it to see sources of dangerous solar activity – like sun spots – as well as follow the propagation of solar events as they travel toward Earth.

The mission’s data will be used to make timely warnings available to national authorities, industries and organisations who rely on or look after the modern technological systems on which we all depend and which are at risk from the Sun’s outbursts.

This mission will make us safer and help protect crucial civil infrastructure – like power grids and navigation and telecommunication satellites

More details here.

Image credit: ESA / A. Baker, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO