The NASA Worm Logo Returns To Duty

Keith's note: Those of you who are long time readers of NASAWatch will recall my old "Worm Watch" feature (I need to go find the files) wherein NASA employees would send me sightings of the officially forbidden logo. Its continued presence - and being featured on NASAWatch - used to drive a certain former NASA Administrator nuts. When an inquiry was circulated about removing it from the front of NASA HQ someone in the NASA IG office told me that they dropped a strong hint that there'd be an investigation. So that worm logo is still there. Of course the worm logo is also on Hubble, the Viking landers, and lots of other spacecraft.

FWIW Yesterday was the 24th birthday of NASAWatch. Today is the 86th birthday of NASA Worm logo designer (and NASAWatch fan) Richard Danne. I am sure that this is just a coincidence. ;-)

In recent years there has been a resurgence of the worm logo's popularity - it is on clothing and other items now - with a reprint of the original style guide by the logo's designer Richard Danne selling out. Can the meatball and worm co-exist? I proposed a compromise years ago - the so-called "worm ball" (Larger version). Regardless of where this all goes, it is nice to see a piece of NASA's history become cool again - cool enough to fly back into space.

- Using NASA's Logo: Expensive T-Shirts Or Global Soft Power?, earlier post
- Understanding NASA's Global Reach, earlier post
- LOST IN SPACE; Meatballs Devour Worms!!, NY Times, earlier post
- The Care and Feeding of the NASA Worm Logo, earlier post
- Here Come the NASA HQ Logo Cops (Again), earlier post
- From Worms to Meatballs -- NASA Talk Traces Emblematic History, earlier post

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