The Worm Is Back!


Modern rocket. Retro logo. Same mission. The Worm is back. And just in time to mark the return of human spaceflight on American rockets from American soil.

The retro, modern and iconic emblem will fly once again, this time on the side of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will ferry astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station on May 27 from Kennedy Space Center. Graphic designer Richard Danne explains how he and Bruce Blackburn created the logo in 1975. Take a trip down memory lane as we look to the future of our mission to #LaunchAmerica.

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  1. I retired recently from NASA, worked at both Ames and Dryden (Armstrong now), and we were forced to remove the worm and put a block letter script "NASA" on the vertical tail of NASA aircraft. I spoke to my bosses in flight operations and they said they could not override HQ. So, I obtained permission from Marty Knutsen, NASA Flight Directorate chief, to get a scaled up" NASA Swoosh" on the tail of NASA 714, the Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO) when it returned from the paint hanger at Warner Robbins AFB, over the objection of PAO and HQ. The swoosh was first applied to the T-38s from Johnson space center. Other planes followed the KAO's lead and had that NASA Swoosh on the tail. We even had to remove the worm from retired NASA historic aircraft parked on display because the NASA Administrator directed it. He hated the Worm. It was not to be visible on any NASA property including stationary and decals or patches. Verboten! I personally prefer the NASA Meatball and NASA Swoosh over the worm.

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