Space Horizons

Liberty Bell 7 by Sarajea Martin

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Artist Statement

"Background: Part of Project Mercury in the early 1960's, the Liberty Bell 7 was so called because of its distinctive shape. Not only was it named after the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, but it was painted with a white "crack" to match its namesake. After a successful suborbital flight, the capsule malfunctioned on splashdown. Astronaut Gus Grissom was recovered safely, but the Liberty Bell 7 sank to the bottom of the ocean and wasn't recovered for almost 40 years. I love the sense of humor involved with painting a giant crack onto a spacecraft, and I wanted to incorporate that into the patch design. Of course, the crack doesn't make sense unless you've got the capsule shape to go with it! The background is meant to evoke both the night sky and the waves of the ocean, a nod to both the Liberty Bell 7's mission and its long years underwater." - Sarajea Martin

Sarajea Martin was born and raised in the Great Lakes region of the US, where she lives, works, and creates galaxy-inspired pixel art under the name SP8CEBIT. She loves rockhounding and drawing comics, and she believes fiercely in the healing power of art.

About Space Horizons

Space Horizons is a new collection of mission patch designs for your favorite past, present and future missions to help engage a new generation in the excitement of extending humanity’s reach beyond Earth. Proceeds support Space Horizons, an innovative non profit that promotes interest in STEM education for minority and female students in underserved communities.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.