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Galileo satellite named after Cyprus schoolgirl

Cyprus: Adrianna Cyprus will be the name of a Galileo satellite, set to be sent to space in the coming years as part of the European Union’s (EU) global navigation satellite system (GNSS). The satellite was named after Adrianna Yiallourou, a 10-year-old pupil at the Ayios Anargyros primary school in Larnaca, who won a national drawing competition depicting her interpretation of space.
Two satellites were already sent in October last year, bearing the names of Natalia and Thijs, the names of the nine-year-old and eleven-year-old winners of the Bulgarian and Belgian drawing competitions respectively. 
National drawing competitions are set to take place in all 27 EU member states for children aged between eight and 10, whereby children are asked to draw a picture that represents “space and aeronautics”, including stars, rockets, planets, satellites and anything else they can think of that is related to the subject.
Speaking after presenting the award, Communications Minister Efthymios Flourentzos said Adrianna had displayed acuteness in conveying her imagination on the canvas and had successfully used different materials and techniques to accomplish her task.
Accompanied by parents and relatives, Adrianna collected her award, which was a miniature of the satellite that is to be sent into space with the inscription ‘Adrianna Cyprus’.
According to artist Eleni Nikodemou, one of the final committee’s judges, Adrianna’s drawing fulfilled all the criteria that were required, including a display of creativeness and imagination, good and wide use of different materials, accuracy to the subject matter and an aesthetic appeal.
The winning drawing included a vibrant gold and orange sun over a greyish and black background space, while a turquoise and maroon planet – the latter resembling Jupiter with a ring – filling the space around a spaceship with two passengers.
Galileo is a EUR 20 billion EU project on a space navigation system, similar to the US GPS, which is expected to be completed by 2019.
Source: www.cyprus-mail.com