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Dutch boy on Galileo satellite

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On 14th January 2012, a Dutch jury awarded the first prize in the Galileo drawing competition to Tijmen van Kraaij. One of the satellites in the Galileo constellation will be named after Tijmen.

Tijmen van Kraaij is thewinner of the Galileo Drawing Competition in the Netherlands and will have one of the Galileo satellites named after him. A jury panel, composed of Jochem van Gelder (childerens tv host and presentater) Ralf Mackenbach (teen singer) and Rob van den Berg (director of Space Expo) chose Tijmen's entry using criteria such as relevance of the drawing to the given topic, originality of expression and aesthetic appeal.

At an award ceremony at the Space Expo in Noordwijk, Tijmen was presented with a certificate and a trophy representing the satellite that will be named after him.

The Galileo Drawing Competition

The Galileo Drawing Competition took place in each of the 27 European Union Member States and was open to all children living in these countries who were born in 2000, 2001 or 2002. The competition first ran in Belgium and Bulgaria, 10 April – 31 May 2011. It then opened in the remaining countries between 1 September and 15 November 2011. Children were encouraged to create a piece of artwork that represents the theme ‘Space and Aeronautics’. A jury of national personalities selected each country's winner who will have one of the satellites of the Galileo Programme named after them.

The Galileo Programme

Galileo is Europe's global navigation satellite system providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. Galileo will provide three early services in 2014/2015 based on an initial constellation of 18 satellites: an initial Open Service, an initial Public Regulated Service and an initial Search-and-Rescue Service. The Galileo Programme Satellites are scheduled to be launched in phases as of 21st October 2011 and until the constellation is complete.

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