NASA is feeling nostalgic so it’s bringing back its iconic logo!
The iconic worm logo from the 1970s is officially making a comeback for the upcoming Falcon 9 crew Dragon launch. On April 2nd, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine made the announcement on Twitter. According to the official statement, the aim is to “mark the return of human spaceflight on American rockets from American soil”
So, let’s take a bit of a history lesson, shall we?
Danne & Blackburn introduced this iconic worm design in 1975 to upgrade the graphics of the organization. Before that, NASA was using the meatball logo.
Anyway, the worm logo was essentially a representative of spaceflight and test flight shuttle. Despite adorning a slick, modernistic template, the logo was dropped in 1992, and the meatball logo was adopted again. However, the worm logo never completely left as it was occasionally used in merchandise.
The Dragon Crew Launch and the return of the worm are expected to take place sometime in May. Since the worm logo hasn’t been used in an official capacity for decades, its comeback is being considered a major event in space history.
Now don’t just assume that you won’t ever find the meatball logo again.
“There’s a good chance you’ll see the logo featured in other official ways on this mission and in the future.” – NASA has guaranteed.