Mission Insignia

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In this science/art activity, learners create an insignia or emblem for a planet exploration mission. Astronauts wear insignia patches on their uniforms for every space flight, and each mission has its own insignia. This activity goes with the Planet Exploration Mission and Exploration Vehicles activities in the same Astrobiology activity guide. This activity can be found on pages 58-59 of the activity guide. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Type:



  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide


  • All rights reserved, TERC, 2007

Funding Sources:

  • NASA, NAS5-26555
  • National Science Foundation, NSF 9730728