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Splitting The Worm Logo On SLS

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
September 23, 2021
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Splitting The Worm Logo On SLS

Keith’s note: Typical NASA. They make a big deal about bringing back the worm logo and then put a monstrous version of it on the SLS. And then they cover it up with a wire tray full of cables. You’d think that they could have put the logo somewhere where it would not be covered up. But this is NASA, right? There’d need to be a change request presented to a control board, a cost and schedule impact, etc. etc. It was easier to just split the worm logo and hope that none of the hundreds of millions of people watching the launch would notice. One would assume a cover would be put over the tray and then the logo re-painted. We’ll see. Why not ask PAO? Because they no longer answer questions when you ask them. Larger image.
FWIW I used to work at the Rockwell Downey facility where Space Shuttles were built in the early 1980s. It was a vast facility – a former WWII airfield. I regularly walked from Building 1 to Building 303 across the tarmac. One day I saw a crew out there re-painting the traffic control markings that had faded over the years. The next week another crew paved over the exact same area that had just been re-painted. Then they repainted the new lane markings the following week. Just sayin’

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9 responses to “Splitting The Worm Logo On SLS”

  1. Winner says:
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    A few possibilities:
    1 – They’re going to paint the cables to match the logo
    2 – They didn’t plan this, and that isn’t reassuring.
    3 – They don’t care about aesthetics on a ($20B?) rocket, derived from used parts.

    • Ben Russell-Gough says:
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      4 – Everyone is waiting for the blade to fall and no-one is going to go to too much effort for a doomed project.

    • Todd Austin says:
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      4 – the logo isn’t actually covered over, because the cable cover that contains the rest of the logo isn’t in place yet. When is the last time you saw exposed cables running up the side of an orbital rocket?

  2. mfwright says:
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    Maybe just want to fly the thing before it’s too late. Probably got bigger fish to fry to ready it for launch.

  3. Joe Denison says:
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    According to the linked story below from nasaspaceflight.com this “covering up” looks to be temporary wiring and temporarily open cable trays for Integrated Modal Testing (IMT).

    https://www.nasaspaceflight

  4. Aero313 says:
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    You DO realize that there’s a raceway cover that goes over those harnesses that continues the logo once it’s in place, right?

  5. benhuset says:
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    the worm has been split (covered up) for almost a yr.see pics here

    http://www.collectspace.com

  6. Bill Hensley says:
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    Some time ago the company I used to work for decided it was time to repaint the white lines on the parking lot. As soon as that was done, they decided to paint the whole asphalt parking lot with a black sealant. Then they repainted the white lines. But then they decided to change the parking layout so they painted the whole thing black again, before painting new white lines. Employees would ask each other each morning, “So, is this white on black day or black on white day?”