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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-02-2020 03:50 PM     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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The 'worm' is back! NASA revives its retro logotype on SpaceX rocket

A blast from NASA's past has returned for the blastoff of the first American astronauts to launch into orbit from U.S. soil in almost a decade.

The space agency on Thursday (April 2) revealed that its previously long-retired logotype, affectionately referred to as the "worm," has been officially returned to service for SpaceX's first crewed launch to the International Space Station. The flight will mark the first launch of NASA astronauts from a U.S.-based launchpad since the final mission of the space shuttle in July 2011.

"The worm is back!" NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced on Thursday. "When the SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts off carrying NASA astronauts aboard Crew Dragon, it will sport the iconic symbol to mark the return of human spaceflight on American rockets from American soil."

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posted 04-02-2020 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bravo! A welcomed return of the worm.

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I hope the worm logo has not been painted over the LOX tank section, otherwise the logo will not be visible when the rocket is fueled. It is great to see some nostalgia being added to some of these flights.

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Darn it, that thing sure is hard to kill.

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You know how worms are, you cut them in half you will have two worms.

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Originally posted by David C:
Darn it, that thing sure is hard to kill.

Like the sands of Arrakis, the Worm is eternal...

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From NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (via Twitter):
We're bringing back the worm, but the NASA meatball isn't going anywhere. Check out how the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will look when we launch Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the space station.

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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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NASA photos (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen as it is rolled out of the horizontal integration facility at Launch Complex 39A as preparations continue for the Demo-2 mission, Thursday, May 21, 2020, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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NASA marks new era of spaceflight with resurgence of 'worm' logo

What began as a single instance on the side of a rocket, has now grown into a full infestation. The "worm," NASA's former logo that was retired 30 years ago, has taken over the first mission to fly astronauts from a U.S. launchpad in nearly a decade.

The worm, as the 1970's NASA logotype is affectionately known, has gone from recent years being restricted to use on t-shirts and souvenirs to now adorning almost every prominent surface associated with SpaceX's Demo-2 mission, the first flight of NASA astronauts from a U.S. launchpad since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011.

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Love The Worm... glad it's back and I hope it goes beyond Bridenstine's directive that it's just for this mission. But I do wish they'd get the color correct.

When looking for an authentic Worm patch, one can spot an original by the slightly "orangier" red color as opposed to the darker red they are using on DM-2. Embroidered and beta cloth patches I have are all in this color, which I assume was standardized by the agency.

Having said that, now that it's to be flown in this new age, I suppose this version might come to be known as the "Commercial Crew variant"?

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The "worm" will fly again on Artemis 1, reports Spaceflight Now.
Crews inside the RPSF [Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility] will also paint the NASA "worm" logo on some of the motor segments, continuing the reemergence of the 1970s-era logotype began with the red worm's appearance on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that launched astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit May 30.

"We're going to paint on what we call the NASA worm," Jeff] Angermeier, NASA flow director for the Artemis program at the Kennedy Space Center, said. We'll paint that onto the boosters."

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Are there any plans to re-fly this Falcon 9 first stage again? If they do, it will be interesting to see if they leave the "worm" on it.

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