Beautiful challenge coin issued for the MARS 2020 mission. Front represents the Perseverence Rover with reverse representing the 4 rovers already on Mars: Sojurner, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity. Official designer description follows below.
Perseverance Rover will join Curiosity Rover on Mars February 18 2021 to continue exploration of the Red Planet. Principal objective: a technology demostration to test the first powered flight on Mars by a helicopter named Ingenuity that will ride to Mars attached to Perseverance's belly.
Mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41 on 30 July 2020 at 7:50 ET aboard an Atlas V vehicle with projected landing on Mars 18 February 2021. Landing site: Jezero Crater.
Coin dimensions: 1.5 inches diameter (3.5 cm.) 1/8 in thick
Symbolism: “The four and five stars represent 45 RANS, the designers of the patch and the military squadron that conducts the vehicle and public launch safety operations for Cape Canaveral missions. Almost hidden but still found within the rolling colors of Mars are the memories of the previous Mars missions, for which the Perseverance and Ingenuity will follow. Also depicted are the trusted and well known NASA vector and worm, as well as the ancient symbol for Mars that sits between “Mars” and “2020.” In the center sits an Atlas V rocket in its 541 configuration. And finally, in the top right floats the white lotus. The white lotus is a symbol of something’s purity, regardless of origin. It signifies our potential for growth and success in spite of where we come from and the difficulties we face. It construes our perseverance in the face of adversity. It signifies a drive for enlightenment, for learning. It represents our missions to Mars as scientific endeavors for learning and the becoming the best parts of the human race.”