NASA is formally bringing again its iconic “worm” logo from the 1970s for SpaceX’s upcoming Falcon 9 Crew Dragon launch, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine introduced in the present day on Twitter. The group is looking for to “mark the return of human spaceflight on American rockets from American soil.”
The worm brand was introduced in 1975 by design agency Danne & Blackburn as a part of an effort to “improve” the house company’s graphics from the unique “meatball” brand that NASA had been utilizing since 1959. The brand is virtually synonymous with that period of spaceflight, adorning the Hubble Telescope and the unique take a look at flight shuttle, Enterprise. However regardless of the slick, trendy design, the worm brand was formally retired in 1992 in favor of a return to the unique meatball brand, which continues to be used in the present day by NASA. (Though the worm brand did nonetheless stick round for merchandising alternatives.)
The return of the worm on the upcoming Crew Dragon launch — tentatively scheduled for someday in Might — will mark a serious comeback for the long-lasting brand, which hasn’t been to house in an official capability in a long time.
And whereas the meatball brand will nonetheless stay NASA’s main brand, the longer term seems vibrant for the worm. NASA guarantees “there’s a superb probability you’ll see the emblem featured in different official methods on this mission and sooner or later,” though the company continues to be determining the place and when it’ll be featured.