Home | Blog | Software | Reviews and Features | Forum | Help | Donate | About us
topbanner_forum
  *

avatar image

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
  • December 05, 2016, 08:36:32 AM
  • Proudly celebrating 10 years online.
  • Donate now to become a lifetime supporting member of the site and get a non-expiring license key for all of our programs.
  • donate

Author Topic: What's the red thing in the NASA logo?  (Read 5105 times)

superboyac

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 6,070
  • Is your software in my list?
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
What's the red thing in the NASA logo?
« on: September 22, 2011, 09:54:39 AM »
600px-NASA_Meatball_Logo_-_GPN-2002-000195.jpg

lotusrootstarch

  • Member
  • Joined in 2009
  • **
  • Posts: 160
  • People reckon I'll smash into Cody someday.
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: What's the red thing in the NASA logo?
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2011, 10:05:58 AM »
the red chevron is a wing representing aeronautics.
Get my apps in Android Market! Go droids go! :)


mouser

  • First Author
  • Administrator
  • Joined in 2005
  • *****
  • Posts: 36,406
    • View Profile
    • Mouser's Software Zone on DonationCoder.com
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
Re: What's the red thing in the NASA logo?
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2011, 10:37:08 AM »
Don't believe a word lotusrootstarch says.  With some image magnification you can see clearly what is is:

lotusroot5.jpg

40hz

  • Supporting Member
  • Joined in 2007
  • **
  • Posts: 11,768
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: What's the red thing in the NASA logo?
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2011, 10:44:30 AM »
*Gack!!!* It's a bleedin' invasion! And this un's coming for us!!!

(And all this time I thought it would either be the zombies or the Reavers that ultimately did us in!) ;D

superboyac

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 6,070
  • Is your software in my list?
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: What's the red thing in the NASA logo?
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2011, 10:55:29 AM »
Ha!  Mouser/Lotus...nice.
I totally thought "Is that........a...vag??"
But that probably just says more about me than anything else.

Still, here's the weird thing: NASA has changed their logo over the years, yet they always retain that red thing.  Why?  It's not logo-esque in that it's not symmetrical, it's not particularly interesting.  What does it mean?  I'd like to know.

lotus says it's a wing.  I'll buy it.  I'd still like to know more about why they chose the wing like that.

superboyac

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 6,070
  • Is your software in my list?
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: What's the red thing in the NASA logo?
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2011, 10:58:20 AM »
Quote
The NASA Insignia (more commonly referred to as the "meatball") reflects the history and tradition of the Agency and is used in all of the Agency's day-to-day communications materials. Designed in 1959 by former NASA employee James Modarelli, the NASA Insignia contains the following elements:

    The sphere represents a planet
    The stars represent space
    The vector represents aeronautics
    The orbit represents space travel
eh...thought it would have been more interesting.

40hz

  • Supporting Member
  • Joined in 2007
  • **
  • Posts: 11,768
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: What's the red thing in the NASA logo?
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2011, 11:15:59 AM »

Still, here's the weird thing: NASA has changed their logo over the years, yet they always retain that red thing.  Why?

Because it's the symbol of the homeworld of those little grey "saucer guys" they're working with at Area 51. That's why.

(And now they have to kill you cuz you know too much.) :tellme:


superboyac

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 6,070
  • Is your software in my list?
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: What's the red thing in the NASA logo?
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2011, 11:19:52 AM »

Still, here's the weird thing: NASA has changed their logo over the years, yet they always retain that red thing.  Why?

Because it's the symbol of the homeworld of those little grey "saucer guys" they're working with at Area 51. That's why.

(And now they have to kill you cuz you know too much.) :tellme:


I'm not scared.  The grey dudes said they'd kill me first if I ever say anything....whoops!

skwire

  • Global Moderator
  • Joined in 2005
  • *****
  • Posts: 4,664
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: What's the red thing in the NASA logo?
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2011, 01:31:58 PM »
Quote
The NASA Insignia (more commonly referred to as the "meatball") reflects the history and tradition of the Agency and is used in all of the Agency's day-to-day communications materials. Designed in 1959 by former NASA employee James Modarelli, the NASA Insignia contains the following elements:

    The sphere represents a planet
    The stars represent space
    The vector represents aeronautics
    The orbit represents space travel
eh...thought it would have been more interesting.

Well, they didn't state what the yellow question mark and green arrow mean.   :P

40hz

  • Supporting Member
  • Joined in 2007
  • **
  • Posts: 11,768
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: What's the red thing in the NASA logo?
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2011, 02:31:46 PM »
The green arrow represents Funding. (Think tax dollars flowing from point-A to point-B.) And the yellow question mark should be self explanatory if you follow the political football game that funding the American space program has become.

Or maybe we should now (more correctly) refer to it as the former American space program? :(

superboyac

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 6,070
  • Is your software in my list?
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: What's the red thing in the NASA logo?
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2011, 05:06:01 PM »
 ;D

kyrathaba

  • N.A.N.Y. Organizer
  • Honorary Member
  • Joined in 2006
  • **
  • Posts: 3,120
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: What's the red thing in the NASA logo?
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2011, 08:07:09 PM »
 ;D