Calling Young Artists... See Your Drawing Launched into Space

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2001

The Canadian Space Agency, as a Co-operating Member of the European Space Agency, is proud to announce a very special art contest addressed to Canadian youth between the ages of 8 and 12.

The Contest

In order to help celebrate the design and launch of the European Space Agency's newest Earth Observation satellite, ENVISAT, young artists are being invited to draw a flag representing our planet Earth. Prizes to be won include 16 sets of computers and printers: one for the winner from each of the 15 ESA Member States and from Canada, a contributor to the ENVISAT program. The overall winner will fly to Kourou, in French Guiana, to see the launch of ENVISAT, a new advanced Earth Observation satellite. The Ariane 5 launcher that will carry the satellite into space will bear the ENVISAT logo and the winning picture of the Earth flag.

Who may apply?

Young artists aged between 8 and 12 and a citizen of Canada or an ESA Member State? (*)

Why does ESA want a flag of the Earth on the ENVISAT launcher?

ENVISAT is a satellite designed for a special mission: Planet Earth. As its job is to help care for the Earth, we feel that the Ariane launcher that will be used to send ENVISAT into space should carry a flag depicting the Earth, the planet it has been designed to protect.

What do I have to do to win?

Just as each country has its own flag, we want you to draw, paint or make a collage of a picture of a flag that you feel represents the Earth. Your drawing will be placed underneath the ENVISAT logo on the side of the Ariane 5 rocket, so it is best to produce your picture in landscape format.

Prize-winning entries will be chosen on the basis of originality and simplicity...remember, it must be visible from a distance. Your picture should be in colour and accompanied by a short text of not more than 300 words telling us what your flag represents.

What can I win?

* First: 16 flag designs will be selected, one from each of the 15 ESA Member States and one from Canada. The 16 winners will each receive a computer plus a colour printer, together with exciting new software about space.

* Then: the best flag design from the 16 winning entries will be chosen, blown up in size to approximately 2 metres by 2 metres and put on the huge Ariane 5 launcher that is going to propel the new ENVISAT satellite into orbit.

* Plus, if you are chosen as the overall winner, you will be invited, together with your parents, to be ESA's guests for three days in French Guiana, South America in June 2001. From ESA's launch base in Kourou, you will be able to watch the ENVISAT launch.

Just think, you could see your flag being sent into space! How do I enter?

Your entry can be sent either by post or e-mail. If you send your drawing by post, it should be on a piece of paper sized 30 cm x 21 cm and accompanied by a short description on a separate piece of paper. Remember to put your name, age and address both on the back of the drawing and on the description, so that you can be contacted if your entry is selected.

Postal entries should be sent to:

Earth Flag Competition


Via Galileo Galilei
Frascati (RM) 00044

by e-mail:

You can also send your drawing by e-mail. First, scan your picture and save it in jpg, gif or bmp format, then, send it by email to: Again, remember to send the short description and to include your age, name and address.

Good luck with your drawing and remember all entries should be received by March 31, 2001. The winners will be notified by the end of April 2001. We are sorry that we cannot return your designs to you and that the relatives of ESA staff members cannot take part in this competition.

* The 15 Member States of ESA are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Canada is a Co-operating Member State.

Canada and Europe

Since 1978, Canada has participated as a Co-operating State in activities and programs of the European Space Agency (ESA), especially in the design of Earth observation and communications satellites. In June 2000, Canada renewed its membership for another ten year period and has recently joined ESA and the French Space Agency (CNES) to provide RADARSAT-1 satellite imaging to support aid and rescue agencies providing relief in times of environmental and natural disasters.

Canada and Space

Interested to find out more about Canada's role in Earth Observation, advanced satellite technologies, Human space exploration, space science, robotics, the international space station and other neat stuff? Visit our KidSpace Website at:

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