China reveals logo for 3 missions of its manned space program

China reveals logo for 3 missions of its manned space program

BEIJING -- The China Manned Space Agency has revealed logos for three missions of China's manned space program this year, namely the launches of the Tianzhou - 6 cargo craft, and the crewed spaceships Shenzhou - 16 and Shenzhou - 17.

Since the launch of the logo call on February 15 this year, there have been more than 1,500 submissions from more than 500 organizations and individuals across China.

Three logos designed by Xiaoao Tiangong Culture and Art Beijing Center, Beijing Institute of Space Science and Technology Information, and a postgraduate student at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute were officially released after preliminary selection, online voting and final validation.

The logos were well designed and filled with the best wishes for China's space station. The logo of the Shenzhou 16 mission even includes the Kun, a sacred animal from Chinese mythology that flies extremely high, far and steadily.

It was the first open logo solicitation of China's space program, said the CMSA.

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The cargo vessel Tianzhou 6 is expected to be launched in May this year. According to an earlier announcement made by the CMSA, the Shenzhou 16 and Shenzhou 17 spaceships will be launched in May and October, and will dock with the space station to form a combination of three modules and three spaceships.