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Could This Flag Unite Our Planet When We Land on Mars?

The International Flag of Planet Earth is heavy on the symbolism, and ready to represent our world in outer space.

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As NASA readies itself for an eventual mission to Mars, scientists, biologists, engineers, and even psychologists have weighed in on the technical and neurological necessities to ensure a human being is able to step foot on a new planet for the first time.


Lost, however, in that impressive alphabet soup of Ph.Ds and MDs are the vexillologists: The brave men and women who’ve dedicated themselves to the study of flags. After all, landing on another planet would be an achievement not only for the space agency and astronauts behind the mission, but for all of humanity itself. For the first time, our species will have struck out into the cosmos and onto an entirely new world. Surely an occasion such as that would call both for flags that represent an astronaut’s countries of origin, as well as one which represents us as a world united, cheering on our fellow humans as they make mankind’s cosmic presence known.

It’s that line of thinking which led designer Oskar Pernefeldt to create a new flag—one free from a history of nationalistic squabbling and territorial grandstanding. A flag, in short, for all of Earth.

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Pernefeldt created the flag for his graduation project at Beckman’s College of Design in Stockholm. On the flag’s website, he explains its symbolism:

Centered in the flag, seven rings form a flower – a symbol of the life on Earth. The rings are linked to each other, which represents how everything on our planet, directly or indirectly, are linked. The blue field represents water which is essential for life – also as the oceans cover most of our planet's surface. The flower's outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet and the blue surface could represent the universe.

As The Verge points out, this isn’t the first time someone has designed a planetary flag. Far from it, in fact. But, Pernefeldt goes above and beyond by showing just how, and where, his design could come to represent our entire planet in years to come.

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