On May the 27th 2020 from Kennedy Space Center, at the mythical SpaceX’s Launch Complex 39A the first astronaut aboard a private spacecraft will launch from the US. The launch is the first crewed mission in NASA’s Commercial Crew program where they won’t be paying the 85 million dollars per seat ride (2018’s price) that the 60’s Russian Soyuz rocket costs but just a fraction of that on the roomier and sleeker 2020’s Crew Dragon capsule of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
The Craft is designed to stay on orbit for up to 110 days. SpaceX is returning human spaceflight to the United States with one of the most advanced systems ever built, and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is a turning point for the future in space exploration and future missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first two NASA astronauts to fly onboard the Dragon spacecraft as part of the Demo-2 mission to and from the International Space Station, which will return human spaceflight to the United States since the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011.
We are also incredibly excited that NASA has decided to “bring the worm back” for this mission!
The original NASA insignia is one of the most powerful symbols in the world. A bold red chevron wing piercing a blue sphere, representing a planet, with white stars, and an orbiting spacecraft. Today, we know it as affectionately as “the meatball.”
However, with 1970’s technology, it was a difficult icon to reproduce, print, and many people considered it a complicated metaphor.
Enter a cleaner, sleeker design born of the Federal Design Improvement Program and officially introduced in 1975. It featured a simple, red unique type style of the word NASA. The world knew it as “the worm.” Created by the firm of Danne & Blackburn, the logo was honoured by design and font geeks worldwide for its simplistic, yet innovative design.
Unlike any other organisation NASA was able to thrive with multiple graphic designs. There was a place for both the meatball and the worm. However, in 1992, the 1970s brand was retired in favour of the original late 1950s graphic.
Demo-2 is the final major milestone for SpaceX’s human spaceflight system to be certified by NASA for operational crew missions to and from the International Space Station. Once Demo-2 is complete, and the SpaceX and NASA teams have reviewed all the data for certification, NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi have been assigned to fly on Dragon’s first six-month operational mission (Crew-1) targeted for later this year.
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