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This Flag Is Not One That Anyone Would Recognize, But It Represents Each And Every One Of Us

With our increasingly global community, especially in regards to science and technology, the insular "space race" we saw in the 1980s seems very unlikely. While we all benefit from the advances and research when we come together as a global community, it does beg the question: when we do land on new planets, which national flag are we going to plant?


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A Swedish design student, Oskar Pernefeldt, undertook that very question while studying at Stockholm's Beckmans College of Design. As part of his graduation project, he designed a flag that he felt should represent our planet.


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Since space exploration costs are so high and the high stakes are dependent on the best and latest research available, future space travel would likely be a team effort among several countries.


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"Current expeditions in outer space use different national flags depending on which country is funding the voyage," Pernefeldt wrote.


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The space travelers, however, are more than just representatives of their own countries. They are representatives of planet Earth.


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The seven rings on Pernefeldt's flag come together to form a flower to symbolize growth and life on our planet, as well as giving emphasis to the unity between nations needed for our space explorations.


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The blue on the flag represents the water that sustains all life on Earth.


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At this time, there is no agreed upon flag to represent our planet, but there have been plenty of ideas. Peace activist John McConnell designed the "Blue Marble" flag with the famous NASA photograph for 1969's first Earth Day.


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A 1970 design called "the Flag of Earth," by Illinois farmer James W. Cradle, is popular among professional and amateur SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) researchers.


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The international relations group, the Universal Peace Congress, uses a 1913 "Peace Flag" designed by James William van Kirk.


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The 1988 "World Flag" was created by designer Paul Carroll and attempts to incorporate the national flag of 216 countries to promote global education and cultural diversity.


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If Pernefeldt's design is ever chosen, it would be the first officially recognized flag of Earth.


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Via: Logo Design Love | Wikipedia

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