Interplanetary Graphic Design

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Aaron Perry-Zucker of the Creative Action Network launched a campaign last Thursday focused on building a new collection of space mission patch designs for all past, present and future missions. “It’s called Space Horizons, and proceeds support a great organization of the same name that promotes interest in STEM education for minority and female students in underserved communities,” he told me.

Space Horizons’ mission is to connect high school students in urban and low income communities with the resources and knowledge to conduct a real space mission, “increasing pursuit of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and increasing literacy.”

Here is a sampling of the identities by designers around the planet.


Apollo 8 by Brian Folchetti. “I chose Apollo 8 because it was the first human-manned spacecraft to leave Earth’s orbit. I stuck with the same incorporation of the figure-8 slingshot to illustrate the number ‘8’ but gave it a bolder twist.”


Apollo 11 by Brixton Doyle. “Apollo 11 is the dividing line in human history between impossible and possible. On July 21st, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men from Earth to walk on the Moon. Michael Collins awaited their return from the surface as he orbited above.”


Juno by Ben Farrow. “I chose Juno, as it doesn’t get more present than having only just reached its destination. I used photos of Jupiter, taken by Voyager 1, to get an accurate color scheme for the planet in my design, and mirrored the same colors in my illustration of Juno itself. Juno is currently orbiting Jupiter, and will be the first spacecraft to take detailed photos of the planet, and to reveal what lies beneath the clouds. It’s a monumental mission, seeing for the first time just what makes up the inner structure of our system’s largest planet.”


Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) by Jim Leonardson. “The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) orbits the sun at the L1 Lagrange point where the gravity of the Sun and Earth cancel each other out. Its instruments watch the sunlit side of the Earth and the Sun simultaneously, collecting data on how the solar wind interacts with Earth’s atmosphere. I chose to show only the Sun and Earth, with the name interacting with the planet using the yellow of the Sun and the blue of the Earth.”


Vostok 1. April 12, 1961, by Manuel Cetina. “The first human traveling in outer space.”

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