back to article 3,000 kids' sketches to fly with exoplanet hunter

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 …

  1. Simon Harris Silver badge

    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!

    1. Jimmy2Cows

      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...

  2. Tony Haines

    I particularly like these british entries:

    Paisley planets

    Earth with sea monster

    Aliens galore

    taking the dog for a walk

    Space animals!?

    TV robot lowered by sky-crane

  3. Gordon 10 Silver badge

    Has Cheops got a warp drive?

    That binary system look a bit too close for comfort.

  4. Cynic_999 Silver badge

    Sounds good. I have only one question - Why?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      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. :-)

  5. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

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

    1. Rich 11 Silver badge

      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.

  6. FozzyBear Silver badge

    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.

  7. Ru'

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

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