Badge of Honor


Spirit Badge
Spirit Badge

While waiting for the Mars Exploration Rover team to get it unstuck from its current position, the Spirit rover turned its camera onto itself, highlighting the badge it proudly displays on its solar panel.

With all of the spacecraft that have been launched into the heavens over the past half century or so, this must be the most widely-distributed symbol humankind has ever created, in all its various iterations. Spirit wears it well.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech