The History of NASA’s Two Logos

NASA’s current logo, dubbed “The Meatball,” is an iconic starry blue sphere that instantly evokes feelings of adventure, exploration and wonder—and it was almost scrapped in a botched re-branding. After being adopted back in 1959, it was sneakily replaced with a simple, space-aged font now referred to as “The Worm”—which looks equally classic in our eyes—sparking an internal debate between young and old NASA workers on which to keep. Luckily, The Meatball made its return in the early ‘90s, while The Worm’s legacy has been preserved through nostalgic images.