Marvel Teams with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space for Upcoming STEM Initiative Contest

by Meredith Cooper

Marvel Custom Solutions Creates Mission Patch Featuring “Guardians of the Galaxy” Characters Rocket and Groot for the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. – Marvel Entertainment, LLC and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) are collaborating on an upcoming education flight contest. 

According to Marvel’s official website, the contest is planned for October and will involve two of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” characters: Rocket, a cybernetically enhanced raccoon-like alien, and Groot, a plant-like extraterrestrial creature.  The contest is intended to inspire, excite and mobilize the next generation of scientists and engineers.

In addition, Marvel and its Marvel Custom Solutions Group has designed a special mission patch for CASIS that features Rocket and Groot and represents all payloads intended for the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory in calendar year 2016.  CASIS is the organization responsible for overseeing research to benefit life on Earth using the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.  During 2016, over 100 science investigations are intended to launch and be conducted on the ISS National Lab representing life and physical sciences, material sciences, technology development, Earth observation and student inquiries.

“A major mission for us here at CASIS is to find unique and innovative ways to bring notoriety to the ISS National Laboratory and the research that is being conducted on our orbiting laboratory,” said CASIS Director of Operations and Educational Opportunities Ken Shields.  “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 and look forward to Rocket and Groot inspiring a new generation of researchers interested in the space station.”

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