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No less than 3,000 sketches by European kids will accompany the CHEOPS space telecope when it thunders aloft in early 2018 on its mission to accurately measure the radii of transitioning exoplanets. Back in 2015, youngsters between the ages of eight and 14 were invited to submit black-and-white artwork for possible engraving …

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Passive cooling.

Apparently the CHEOPS CCD is passively cooled.

If they have made it actively cooled they could have included a refrigerator, the door of which is the natural habitat of such pictures!

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Looks like they raided the staff kitchen

You sure there's not a fridge in there somewhere? They already robbed all the bacofoil and a pizza tray from the staff kitchen to make the thing...

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I particularly like these british entries:

Paisley planets

http://cheops.unibe.ch/wp-content/uploads/childrendrawing/winner/GBR/GBR-059_OL1-2RH.jpg

Earth with sea monster

http://cheops.unibe.ch/wp-content/uploads/childrendrawing/winner/GBR/GBR-029_CV31-2LE.jpg

Aliens galore

http://cheops.unibe.ch/wp-content/uploads/childrendrawing/winner/GBR/GBR-052_OL2-6DE.jpg

taking the dog for a walk

http://cheops.unibe.ch/wp-content/uploads/childrendrawing/winner/GBR/GBR-058_OL9-0NU.jpg

Space animals!?

http://cheops.unibe.ch/wp-content/uploads/childrendrawing/winner/GBR/GBR-011_OL9-0PL.jpg

TV robot lowered by sky-crane

http://cheops.unibe.ch/wp-content/uploads/childrendrawing/winner/GBR/GBR-004_B14-7EG.jpg

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Has Cheops got a warp drive?

That binary system look a bit too close for comfort.

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Sounds good. I have only one question - Why?

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Aside from the obvious "Why not?", I see it as a cheap way to defray costs. I can think of all sorts of reasons people might pay money to see something of theirs go up in space for a few million years.

Doodles, sonnets, locks of hair. Belly button lint!

Also it's nice to let the kiddies express themselves so energetically. :-)

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Nice to see so many kids interested in space exploration. Also, how cool is having something you came up with going into space?

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I must admit to being mildly jealous.

Pah. Kids today don't know they're born. *We* never got anything more than the opportunity to send stuff to Blue Peter or Vision On.

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I must admit

that the quality of many of those sketches are beyond my ability....

Anyway best get back to designing the new company logo.

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The whole purpose is to mess with the aliens heads when they try and "decode" the pictures...

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