Every Mission Deserves a Mission Patch

March 15, 2019

When I started putting together this podcast in late 2015, I forced myself to come up with a mission statement. I don’t talk about it a lot, but I use it to keep on track and focused as we continue to grow, change, and move forward into the future of Mars exploration.

Our mission statement? To engage the public in the exploration of Mars in a fun, simple, educational and inspiring way.

Today, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time is coming to life. We’ve got our mission. But every mission deserves a mission patch.

This is the Season 3 (2018) commemorative WeMartians Mission Patch. We’ve partnered with space fan and talented graphic artist Beth Kerner to put together a custom, 4-inch, sew-on embroidered patch. It’s limited edition, with a print-run of just 100. And you can get one for yourself starting today! They’re just $17 USD, and shipping is free anywhere on Earth (Mars is extra, though). If you’re a Station-level or higher patron, your permanent store discount applies, too!

The patch captures the broad narratives of our third season of podcasts. It includes the Falcon Heavy inaugural flight, the InSight launch and landing, and the global dust storm that ended the Opportunity mission.

The Artist: Beth Kerner

I met Beth at the NASA InSight launch down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California (we both got to “see” the launch, a tale I tell in Episode 41). She does some pretty incredible design work including unique mission logos and patches, like this awesome InSight one:

Plus, Beth and her twin Kathy have matching Spirit and Opportunity rover tattoos, and if you don’t think that’s cool then leave the website immediately.

You should check out Beth’s website, and if you think she’s awesome (you do) you can even sign up for her Patreon. At the $10 level, you get awesome stickers and other goodies in the mail! Or, head over to her Redbubble shop and pick up some sweet swag.

Thanks for your Support

I hope to do this every year, allowing our listeners to collect the stories of our shows through time in a fun memorable way. So if you decide to pick one up and sew it somewhere cool, please send me some pics! I’d love to see where you show your love for Mars.

Your support goes towards helping me do more with this show, and it helps an amazing artist like Beth to keep making great space art. It’s a win-win!


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