For the United States' second manned orbital flight, Scott Carpenter asked Bibby to design the mission insignia for Aurora. Colored rings depicted the Northern Lights, with jagged edged rings imitating the mystical movement of the Aurora Borealis.
This Aurora insignia was also an experiment to test different types and brands of paint to see which would survive the heat generated by re-entry of the Mercury spacecraft. Bibby said only the two "A's" and the symbolic ring portions of the design ended up surviving the mission.
Remembering Cece Bibby, NASA's Mercury capsule artist (pictures)
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