NASA astronauts safely returned to Earth this past weekend, splashing down off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, after completing a trip to the International Space Station. The journey, carried out through private company SpaceX, was the first manned spacecraft to take off from U.S. soil since NASA’s shuttle program retired in 2011.
The mission was captivating, but it caught the attention of design and NASA fanatics for another reason: The “worm” was back. The wordmark was designed by Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn of design agency Danne & Blackburn in 1974, adopted by NASA in 1975, and retired in 1992 until officially reappearing this year. But truthfully, it’s never gone away. It’s developed a cult following of its own over the decades and has been a part of fashion collaborations and pop culture generally. It’s gained such cultural cachet that SpaceX was “determined to resurrect this” for the launch, according to Danne… read more >