NASA, now has Marvel Comics characters on a mission patch. Guardians of the Galaxy?s Rocket Raccoon and Groot grace all payloads intended for the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory in calendar year 2016. This patch was commissioned by The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). This was announced earlier at Comic Con in San Diego, CA on July 22, 2016.
— ISS National Lab (@ISS_CASIS) July 22, 2016
CASIS manages life benefiting research using the ISS U.S. National Laboratory. They have partnered with Marvel Custom Solutions to bring some ?notoriety? to the ISS and the research. The NASA mission patch with Groot and Rocket Raccoon might just do the trick. This partnership could do just that for all the 2016 research missions.
This calendar year of 2016, there are more than 100 science investigations that are planned for launch. These experiments range across different sciences from life sciences and physical sciences to material sciences and technology development. This is according to the CASIS press release.
CASIS Director of Operations and Educational Opportunities Ken Shields stated that he hopes that this Marvel collaboration would afford their missions and researchers some public attention. He added that ?There are very few brands in the world who have as large an impact as Marvel, and we are thrilled to partner with them on this project and look forward to Rocket and Groot inspiring a new generation of researchers interested in the space station.?
Here?s a quick video on how the patch was developed.
Later in 2016, CASIS announce an educational flight contest focused on Rocket and Groot that is intended to inspire, excite and move the next generation of scientists and engineers. This new way of communicating science and inspiring the youth could raise science awareness and science literacy worldwide.
NASA and CASIS have been known to collaborate with different artists to create patches. There was one created by street art figure Shepard Fairy (of OBEY fame) and another by actor Seth Green.