12 Flag Options For When Man Finally Sets Foot On Mars

The USA Flag

The USA Flag

Assuming that NASA gets people there first, of course.

But even if they do, perhaps it might be a better idea for the planet as a whole if we choose a flag which represents that planet, and not just the country with the space program that was the major factor in making it happen....

The Original Earth Day Flag

The Original Earth Day Flag

This was the first flag designed by John McConnell, peace activist and the creator of Earth Day.

He proposed this one for the first Earth Day back in 1969.

 



The Updated Version

The Updated Version

McConnell later created this flag which was similar to the first one, only updated to use famous NASA image; The Blue Marble. It is still associated with matters of environmental protection.

UN Flag

UN Flag

The United Nations flag is another flag which could represent the Earth. In fact, there were strong suggestions in 60s that this be the flag used when NASA put a man on the Moon. Of course, this didn't happen but maybe they'll have more luck with Mars.



World Peace Flag of Universal Peace Congress

World Peace Flag of Universal Peace Congress

This colorful effort might look as though there are some recent LGBT influences among it, however, it was actually designed back in 1913 by James William van Kirk, a minister from Youngstown, Ohio.

After he toured through Europe with the flag (twice), the Universal Peace Congress adopted it as their "World Peace Flag".

Olympic Flag

Olympic Flag

Of course, we've been using this one as a sign of the Games since 1920, however, all the elements are there for it to represent the planet in a Mars landing; namely, a ring for each of the continents.



World Citizen flag of World Service Authority

World Citizen flag of World Service Authority

The World Service Authority is an organization which promotes the idea of global citizenship (they even have a world passport which has been adopted by a few countries). It's unlikely to represent the planet on Mars but is a contender nonetheless.

Astronomical Symbol of Earth

Astronomical Symbol of Earth

This one is quite a straightforward contender; it's the astronomical/astrological symbol of Earth.



James W. Cadle's Flag of Earth

James W. Cadle's Flag of Earth

This flag was designed by farmer James W. Cadle in 1970 and represents the Sun, Earth, and the Moon. It is used by the SETI Institute (search for extraterrestrial intelligence).

Paul Carroll's World Flag

Paul Carroll's World Flag

This was created in 1988 in an effort to unify the planet under a flag representing diversity. Let's be honest, it's perhaps a little visually noisy to be picked up as a the official flag to represent us upon landing on Mars (but it's better than what I came up with - zero).



Anne Kirstine Rønhede's World Flag

Anne Kirstine Rønhede's World Flag

Rønhede's effort of 2000 is a little more succinct and was designed so that it was simple and to prove that anybody who wants to can make an Earth flag. It's the Earth in the middle of the Universe.

Oskar Pernefeldt's International Flag of the Planet Earth

Oskar Pernefeldt's International Flag of the Planet Earth

When humans do finally plant a flag on Mars, it is quite likely that this will be the one. Swedish artist, Oskar Pernefeldt, proposed this design in 2015 called the "International Flag of the Planet Earth".

It was designed in order to be used while representing our planet and many consider that it is the front-runner for a proposed 2025 Mars landing, as well as any future colonization of the planet.