NASA Mission Patches

While in the Arizona desert during rover testing in 2008, we began to formulate the ideas for how the first NASA rover mission patch would take shape. At the time, the rover was running tractor tires, and we noticed the tires made interesting patterns in the gravel. We thought  it would be cool to use this pattern as the basis for creating the text for the logo. This is how the typography development for the pressurized rover mission patches began. Because these vehicles were prototypes, these mission patches were manufactured in extremely limited quantities, and very few are still available.