Why is Marvel going to space?

Why is Marvel going to space?

Marvel's Groot and Rocket Raccoon adorn a new patch for the International Space Station.

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” are headed to outer space, in the form of a new mission patch representing the science payloads launched in 2016 to the International Space Station for the U.S. National Laboratory. Specifically, Rocket Raccoon and Groot are depicted on the patch designed by a Marvel Comics artists, Juan Doe, and they are both looking up toward the ISS with Rocket Raccoon sitting on Groot’s shoulder.

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, which manages the National Lab under a contract with NASA, announced the patch at the San Diego Comic-Con this past Friday to the excitement of comic fans everywhere. The Guardians of the Galaxy was a hit when it reached theaters in 2014, bringing in $773 million. A sequel is scheduled for 2017.

“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.”

“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,” added 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 crew aboard the ISS just received a SpaceX Dragon space freighter and is preparing for more science experiments.

“More cargo is also being unloaded from the new Russian Progress 64 resupply ship,” according to a NASA statement. “3:44 PM 7/24/2016NASA astronaut Kate Rubins has begun work on the new Heart Cells study that will observe how heart muscle tissue adapts to microgravity. Rubins also partnered with Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi for the Body Measures experiment that researches how the body shape changes in outer space. Onishi later setup Mouse Epigenetics gear that will enable research into genetic expression and DNA in mice and their offspring. Commander Jeff Williams worked on plumbing activities in the U.S. segment of the International Space Station.”

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