Spanish girl wins contest to name ESA's new children's mascot

Paris, May 22 (EFE).- A 7-year-old Spanish girl called Sara won the contest to name the European Space Agency's children's mascot, the Paris-based organization said.

The mascot is now known as "Paxi," the winning entry from among more than 500 received by ESA.

"She chose this name for him because it sounds like an extraterrestrial name, and because it is similar to the word 'Paz,' which means 'peace' in Spanish. What a great choice Sara! Congratulations!" astronaut Luca Parmitano said in a video made in Russia, where he is awaiting his trip to the International Space Station in two weeks.

Paxi, an "explorer" from a planet that orbits a star different from the Sun, left his spaceship orbiting the Earth and landed to learn about the planet's children.

The mascot will be the face of ESA's outreach and education programs for children.