NASA is the main US Space Administration, which reports directly to the President of the United States. It appeared in July 1958 and was created by Dwight David Eisenhower. The headquarters of the center is located in Washington.
Meaning and History
One of the most respected organizations in the world has few logos. Over the years, the organization for aeronautics and the study of extraterrestrial space has used only three options. Two of them have a complex structure and are based on the Rondel principle, and one is simple and consists only of the name. The round version was developed by James Modarelli, illustrator of the Lewis Research Center, the verbal – Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn. The logo also had a limited number of redesigns – in fact, they swapped or were used in parallel for different tasks.
1915 – 1958
The space management debut logo features a stylized heraldic shield with two large spread wings. In the middle of the yellow icon is the word “NASA.” It is written in plain black font – narrow and sans-serif. A dark line runs along the outline of the symbol, which is twice as narrow as the letters. This option accurately reflected the tasks of the aerospace center.
1959-1975; 1992 – present
A year after the space research organization’s opening, she had her emblem, which represented her at the public level. The author of the funny title Meatball is James Modarelli. This logo was in use until 1975, and then after a long break, it was returned. Therefore, since 1992, it is still in use.
The round logo, symbolizing the universe, depicts a dark blue disk with white dots (presumably stars) crossed by a V-shaped red ribbon. The Rondel’s center is the abbreviated name of National Aeronautics and Space Administration – “NASA.” A thin improvised orbit with a thickening at one end is placed sideways around the word as if it were a trace from a rocket.
This logo exists in another embodiment, used primarily for printing and special programs. A round blue icon is surrounded by a wide white frame with a yellow line along the contour. The full name of the office is located around the perimeter. The red V-shaped stripe, like the white orbit, are around the planet.
1975 – 1992
Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn created this option. It depicts the word “NASA”, made in streamlined red font. Due to the visual similarity of the letters with the worms, the emblem was nicknamed “Worm.” It was used as the main one for more than 15 years and then was replaced by a traditional one. Now this version exists in parallel with the official one and is used in some projects.
Font and Color of the Emblem
For awards, official documents, and special occasions, NASA uses a special logo that resembles a seal. It is an almost complete copy of the main one and has an additional design. A red line surrounds a blue circle representing the universe on a white background. The full name of the organization, National Aeronautics and Space Administration USA, is written on a wide strip with a beige-pink border. The central part is occupied by a yellow ball, which symbolizes the planet. Next to her is the moon. A satellite orbit and a figured element resembling the V sign encircle the earth.
In 1975, the Space Administration introduced another version of the logo, created as part of the Federal Program for the Improvement of Graphics. As a result, the word “NASA” received an “alien” spelling: the crossbar disappeared from “A,” the letters became streamlined, resembling a spaghetti or a worm, hence its unspoken nickname. This version has been used for 17 years.
The “Worm” emblem has an inscription made with a simple smooth sans serif typeface, provided with clear cuts and rounded corners. Both “A” has no horizontal bar. Moreover, the right leg of the central “A” is connected to the beginning of “S.” The Meatball logo has an uppercase font, thin letters with serifs. The palette is three-colored and consists of white, blue Pantone 286, and red Pantone 185.