‘Cos­mic Kiss’ – a dec­la­ra­tion of love for space

‘Cosmic Kiss’ – a declaration of love for space
‘Cos­mic Kiss’ – a dec­la­ra­tion of love for space
Credit: ESA

‘Cosmic Kiss’ – a declaration of love for space

Matthias Mau­r­er was in­spired by the Ne­bra Sky Disc, the old­est re­al­is­tic de­pic­tion of our night sky, and the ‘Pi­o­neer Plaques’ and ‘Voy­ager Gold­en Records’ for the de­sign of his ‘Cos­mic Kiss’ mis­sion patch. The lat­ter were da­ta stor­age de­vices bear­ing knowl­edge about hu­mankind that were sent out in­to the Uni­verse on the US Pi­o­neer and Voy­ager space­craft. The mis­sion patch fea­tures spe­cif­ic cos­mic el­e­ments such as Earth, the Moon and the Pleiades star clus­ter, along­side Mars as a des­ti­na­tion for ex­plo­ration in the com­ing decade. The In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS) is shown in the shape of a heart, rep­re­sent­ing the hu­man heart­beat be­tween Earth and the Moon.

Matthias Maurer was inspired by the Nebra Sky Disc, the oldest realistic depiction of our night sky, and the ‘Pioneer Plaques’ and ‘Voyager Golden Records’ for the design of his ‘Cosmic Kiss’ mission patch. The latter were data storage devices bearing knowledge about humankind that were sent out into the Universe on the US Pioneer and Voyager spacecraft. The mission patch features specific cosmic elements such as Earth, the Moon and the Pleiades star cluster, alongside Mars as a destination for exploration in the coming decade. The International Space Station (ISS) is shown in the shape of a heart, representing the human heartbeat between Earth and the Moon.

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