A symbol from NASA’s post-Apollo era has found a new ride to the moon.
The space agency’s once-retired logotype known as the “worm” has been added to the rocket and spacecraft that will launch NASA’s efforts to return astronauts to the lunar surface.
“I’m excited to share the first photos of the NASA worm and ESA [European Space Agency] logo that will be on the Artemis I mission. I am looking forward to seeing the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft take flight with these iconic symbols,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter on Wednesday (Sept. 30).
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Designed in 1974, two years after the last Apollo astronauts walked on the moon, the worm served as NASA’s official logo through the first decade of the space shuttle program. It was retired in 1992, after NASA decided to re-adopt