As is their wont, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon and Groot will soon be headed back into space — this time on newly-released official mission patches for NASA space flights.
On Friday, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) — a government funded national laboratory contracted by NASA to manage the International Space Station (ISS) — revealed the new design for patches featuring the two Marvel heroes, patches that will be used in future resupply missions to the ISS.
During the remainder of 2016, CASIS states that “over 100 science investigations are intended to launch and be conducted on the ISS National Lab representing life and physical sciences, material sciences, technology development, Earth observation and student inquiries.”
While there’s no official word on just how soon the new patches will go into use in service of those investigations, CASIS certainly hopes that this new collaboration with Marvel can get more people excited about the ISS.
“A major mission for us here at CASIS is to find unique and innovative ways to bring notoriety to the ISS National Laboratory and the research that is being conducted on our orbiting laboratory,” said CASIS Director of Operations and Educational Opportunities Ken Shields in a statement.
The new patches should definitely bring more notoriety to the ISS. But when you consider last week’s news that NASA just sent a DNA sequencer capable of testing for alien life to the ISS, perhaps there’s another reason the government wants two comic book heroes headed up there.
And for more on why those two comic book heroes turned out to be Rocket Raccoon and Groot, see more below:
Next, check out the stunning view from the International Space Station. Then, have a look at the best (worst) comic book of all time.