Hank Player ‘NASA Voyager 1’ Men’s T-Shirt
Hank Player Men’s Original NASA Seal’ T-Shirt
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100% Supima Cotton
Machine Wash – Tumble Dry Low
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Super Soft Cotton Jersey
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History of the NASA Insignia
The NASA logo dates from 1959, when the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) metamorphosed into an agency that would advance both astronautics and aeronautics — the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
“After a NASA Lewis Research Center illustrator’s design was chosen for the new agency’s official seal, the executive secretary of NASA asked James Modarelli, the head of Reports Division at Lewis Research Center, to design a logo that could be used for less formal purposes. Modarelli simplified the seal, leaving only the white stars and orbital path on a round field of blue with a red vector. Then he added white N-A-S-A lettering.
In the NASA insignia design, the sphere represents a planet, the stars represent space, the red chevron, in the alternate shape of the constellation Andromeda, is a wing representing aeronautics (the latest design in hypersonic wings at the time the logo was developed), and then there is the orbiting spacecraft going around the wing. It is known officially as the insignia.
In 1975, the agency switched to the modernist NASA logotype, nicknamed “the worm”, a red, stylized rendering of the letters N-A-S-A. The A’s horizontal bar is removed in the worm logo. The NASA logotype was retired from official use in 1992. The design is used only for special occasions and commercial merchandising purposes approved by the Visual Identity Coordinator at NASA Headquarters.” – Wikipedia
Joe Chambers: Wings Meatballs Worms and Swooshes
“The official NASA seal and the less-formal NASA insignia are among the most recognized emblems throughout the world. Virtually unknown, however, are the informative and entertaining stories of how the original emblems were conceived and developed by personnel at NASA Headquarters, the Lewis Research Center (now the Glenn Research Center), the Langley Research Center, and the Ames Research Center. The presentation summarizes recent research on the history of these activities and provides previously undocumented facts on this element of NASA’s legacy.”
“The logos, which include symbols representing the space and aeronautics missions of NASA, were first implemented in 1959 following a NASA-wide design competition. The winning seal design was submitted by James Modarelli of the Lewis Research Center who was also tasked with designing the less-formal “Meatball” insignia. The presentation reveals previously unknown aerodynamic studies at Ames and Langley (including a secret military project) that led to the red “slash” in the logos.
Humorous (sometimes embarrassing) events that occurred in the approval process are also reviewed. The adoption of a new insignia known as the NASA Logotype (irreverently known by many as the “Worm”) in 1975 and the events that resulted in it being replaced by the Meatball in 1992 are discussed. The presentation concludes with a discussion of a modern-day modification to the Meatball informally known as the “Swoosh” for applications to current NASA aircraft.” – NASA Langley CRGIS