Official mission patch designed by the 45 RANS for the Mars 2020 Mission carrying the Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity helicopter to Mars. The Mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket in the 551 configuration on July 30, 2020 at 7:50am ET with projected landing on Mars 18 February 2021. Landing site: Jezero Crater.
Size: The Patch is 3.75 in in diameter constructed of PVC with a Velcro backing for easy installation and removal from your uniform or backpack.
Design description: Mars 2020: 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 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.