You’re looking at the suggested design for the flag that our courageous Earthling travelers will plant on the surface of Mars when they optimistically make it there by mid-2030. The person behind this design is graphic designer, Oskar Pernefeldt, from Beckmans College of Design in Sweden, who came up with it as portion of his graduation task called 'The International Flag of Planet Earth.' According to Michael Rundle at Wired, corporations for example LG and BSmart assisted him formalize his design, and NASA seems to be involved, but it’s not clear precisely how. Though we’re a long way off actually having a debate, as a global population, about what flag to plant on Mars, and whether there’s truly any point, bearing in mind that how doubtful it is that anyone else will truly see it, it’s still a pretty fun implementation. It’s a chance for us to ponder what things planet Earth would project to someone viewing it from the outside in.
Pernefeldt clarifies the thinking behind the designed flag: "Centred 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, [is] 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." Watch the video below for further info. I personally can’t help but feel a little devoted about our little blue dot of a planet.