A new personalized children's book will take a trip to the International Space Station bearing the name of one lucky child on Earth.
The book comes from Lost My Name, a company that sells "personalized entertainment" books in which a child's name can be printed as a part of the story. Lost My Name will send a copy of new book "The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home" (Lost My Name, 2015) to the space station on Dec. 3, aboard the Cygnus Orbital spacecraft.
Because each copy of the book can be personalized, U.S. and U.K. parents can submit their own children's names (and other information) into the contest. One lucky child will be picked to have his or her story rocketed into space. The contest is open between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23. [One Year in Space: Epic Space Station Mission in Photos]
"The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home follows a child and their robot friend on an amazing adventure from the depths of outer space to their own front door," a release about the event said. The contest can be accessed here: https://www.lostmy.name/books/thejourneyhome.
"The personalization elements will ensure the experience is different for every child based upon where they actually live — from the country flag on the spaceship and the view of Earth from outer space, to seeing familiar pictures of key country, city and town locations as the adventure gets closer to its conclusion, where the child returns to their actual home address," the release said.
Lost My Name is best known for another book called "The Little Boy/Little Girl Who Lost His/Her Name," (Lost My Name, 2013) which sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide in the past two years.
The new book is part of a larger collaboration between astronauts and Story Time From Space, a project of the Global Space Education Foundation. The project sends books from children's authors to the space station for the astronauts to read and broadcast to kids. In April, Story Time ran a crowdfunding campaign (which did not reach its goal) to send basic science equipment to the space station and demonstrate child-focused experiments.
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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace