Marvel's beloved characters will represent all of the science payloads heading to U.S. National Laboratory on board the space station this year.
The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has just unveiled the new patch design for the future space mission and it features two of the Marvel Comics’ beloved characters: Rocket Raccoon and Groot. And rightly so, since the mission patch is designed by Marvel Custom Solution group.
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Like other main flights and missions, ISS National Lab also gets its own unique mission patch each year and this time around two “Guardians of the Galaxy” characters have been decided to star on it.
“We're really excited to take this on because we really like the whole idea of doing something for the space station," said Darren Sanchez, a Marvel Custom Solutions project manager and editor. "The patch is a really cool idea and to utilize a Marvel character for the space station for CASIS, that's a very cool project.”
The red, which and blue patch contains Groot with Rocket Raccoon sitting on its shoulder while both are starring towards the sky. The patch will represent all of the science payload heading to the International Space Station this year.
This is just the forth patch designed for the CASIS mission overall and the first to feature Marvel characters on it. But how did these two characters made their way to the ISS mission patch despite the fact there are a number of interesting choices over there.
“These are the characters who have a bit of space-based background to begin with, so both already embody some of the characteristics associated with what is happening on the space station.” Patrick O'Neill, the marketing and communications manager for CASIS explained.
CASIS has teamed up with Marvel Custom Solutions for creating their mission patch. Marvel Custom Solutions is a group that provides assistance in designing a number of products outside of Marvel comic books.
“A major mission for us here at CASIS is to find unique and innovative ways to bring notoriety to the International Space Station National Laboratory and the research that is being conducted,” said Ken Shields, CASIS's operations and educational opportunities director. “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.”
The announcement about ISS mission patch was made on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con.
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