Spaceship Logo Contest Won by a Russian Orphan

According to news sources, a 15-year-old boy from a Siberian orphanage known as “Ostovok”, which translates into tiny island, has won the children’s contest to design a spaceship logo. The orphanage is located in the region of Kemerovo in Western Siberia, and the young man who won, Yuri Menkevich, was one many competitors. Anatoliy Perminov, head of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, approved the logo Menkevich submitted. It will become the emblem for the next Soyuz TMA-15 mission which is scheduled to launch in May.

The logo features a golden angel against a black background supporting the ISS with his outstretched arms with a caption below reading: “Soyuz TMA-15.”

In the words of a spokesman for Roscosmos:

“His patch caught Roman Romanenko’s, the Russian cosmonaut’s, eye and he immediately decided that it would be a perfect match for his next Soyuz crew.”