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Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-26-2017 07:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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NASA's Space Launch System rocket gets a maiden mission patch

The maiden launch of NASA's new heavy-lift rocket now has its own mission patch.

The space agency recently finalized the insignia representing Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first flight of its Space Launch System (SLS), presently targeted for late 2019. The EM-1 test flight will send an uncrewed Orion spacecraft on a three-week mission to the moon and back.

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posted 12-26-2017 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim Gagnon (KSCArtist), please help these people.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 12-26-2017 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Given the projected infrequency of launches, maybe they should use the main part of the logo with a rectangular block underneath (like was projected for the space shuttle program) with either "Exploration Mission-2," etc. or the objective ("Circumlunar" / "Deep Space Gateway" / "Asteroid capture") and so on....

Panther494
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posted 12-26-2017 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My first reaction was "really, is that it." Very disappointing.

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posted 12-26-2017 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like it is from an 80's video game.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-26-2017 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is interesting you mention the 1980s; someone else mentioned to me that it evokes the STS-1 mission patch.

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posted 12-26-2017 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pupnik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In general I don't mind it, except for the excessive use of grays. "Neutral" shouldn't be the primary color.

(My first impression was actually that it was closer to the STS logo rather than STS-1.)

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posted 12-26-2017 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not exciting — poor color choices, plus the moon should've been included somewhere.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-26-2017 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not sure if you're being sarcastic, but that large orb behind the launching rocket is the moon.

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posted 12-26-2017 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep, meant to be the moon. Just very poorly executed. Looks more Earth like.

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I had a design in the ring, but they indicated there was "a great deal of sensitivity" to have the full SLS stack featured because it is the first flight and my design did not. At one point they responded that the "Exploration Mission 1" label might change, but it looks like they are sticking with that.

I haven't seen any notes about what the red/blue features are in the final approved design above.

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posted 12-26-2017 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The red and blue vectors in the design are noted as: "symbolizing the EM-1 flight trajectory, while also infusing the colors of the U.S. flag to the insignia."

oly
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posted 12-26-2017 11:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for oly   Click Here to Email oly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A far better design than the new deep space exploration systems logo.

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posted 12-27-2017 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like they outsourced this design to freelogoservices.com.

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posted 12-27-2017 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like it. Too many of the previous designs were what my art school teacher referred as as coming from the design school of, "Ten pounds of idea in a 2 pound bucket."

It shows very good design work.

Fra Mauro
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posted 12-27-2017 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Not sure if you're being sarcastic...
Sorry, Robert, I wasn't being sarcastic. It didn't strike me it was the moon until I looked closer.

lucspace
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posted 12-28-2017 07:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A weak design, not very imaginative in my opinion. And it appears to include an honest mistake with the boosters trailing flames and a column of smoke coming from the rocket's main engines, which should be the other way around. A missed opportunity to produce a striking design for an important mission...

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posted 12-28-2017 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not great but better than the Deep Space Exploration logo...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-28-2017 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by lucspace:
...a column of smoke coming from the rocket's main engines
That is a representation of the tower from the mobile launcher, not a plume.

Moonbase Alphan
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posted 12-28-2017 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moonbase Alphan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by p51:
It shows very good design work.
Concur.

Tired of the patches that are "everything + the kitchen sink" designs that also inevitably pile on the Photoshop gimmicks, such as gradient rays and rainbows. Keep it simple.

David C
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posted 12-28-2017 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I find it spectacularly uninspiring. Logo by corporate committee.

SpaceAngel
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posted 12-29-2017 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Talk about déjà vu...

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