Apple StoreThe European Space Agency is launching a competition for the creation of a 10-song list to be used by International Space Station astronauts. The ESA is asking which songs people play when they wish to feel happy and which songs are played if a person is feeling lonely or sad. The winning list will be loaded onto an iPod and sent to the space station aboard the ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle, which will make its maiden flight this year.

The winner’s playlist will be downloaded onto an iPod and sent to the ISS in ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which will be making its maiden flight later this year. The 20 tonne craft, named ‘Jules Verne’, after the famous French science fiction writer, will be delivering about seven tonnes of cargo to the astronauts living in the International Space Station.

Ten European countries are participating in the ATV programme: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Competition rules:
• The competition is only open to young people under 18 years of age.
• Entries are only accepted from nationals of the following countries which are participating in the ATV programme: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
• The deadline for entries is 10 May 2007.
• The winners will be announced in June 2007.
• Relatives of ESA staff members are not allowed to take part in this competition.
• The decision of the judges is final.

The Grand Prize for the overall winner will be a trip to see the ATV launch in Kourou, French Guiana (South America) as well as having their playlist sent to space on board the ATV. One prize for the best entry from each country. Each national winner will win a day trip to the European Astronaut Centre in Germany.

Entries can be submitted here.