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NASA has never looked so cute. The organization that coordinates NASA’s U.S. laboratories, The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), has partnered with Marvel Studios to design their mission patch for the coming year. They announced at Comic Con this weekend that out of the hundreds of Marvel characters, the patch will feature Groot (fully grown, not the baby version unfortunately) and Rocket Raccoon.

Groot and Rocket NASA patch
Marvel Studios/CASIS

It seems like both sides were over the moon about the collaboration, and Marvel cover artist Juan Doe came up with an amazing design. Mitch Dane, Director of Custom Publishing at Marvel summed it up when he said, ‘I think the reward for us is that we’ll actually have two characters go into space. And with a little luck, there’ll be a little cosmic radiation going on and they’ll come back alive.’ Oh, you’ve got to love those comic book creators!

So, what’s the goal here other than having an adorable emblem to put on all your CASIS swag? NASA has been working in recent years on inspiring and recruiting young curious minds. What better way to do that then involve their favourite characters? In the past NASA has also referenced The Martian, Star Wars, LEGO and even conducted a Q&A with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto ahead of the Star Trek Beyond premiere. See, kids? Science is fun!

And if you’re a little bummed that it’s not baby Groot heading up into space, don’t despair. According to a preview that was also unveiled at the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 panel, the movie is going to feature at least a little bit of Baby Groot. And apparently he walks now. What’s not to love?

Baby Groot
Marvel via Giphy

Check out Marvel’s development of the patch in the video below.