NASA will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program from October 2018 through December 2022, this program took several Americans to the moon between July 1969 and December 1972. The logo for this anniversary was unveiled by NASA at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
The logo unveiling was part of “NSO Pops: Space, the Next Frontier”, a National Symphony Orchestra celebration of NASA’s 60 years of accomplishment.
The logo of the Apollo 50th anniversary is available for download from the NASA images and Video Library.
The anniversary logo was created by Matthew Skeins, a graphic designer at NASA. The logo displays a glimpse from the past and NASA’s plan for the next half-century of exploring deep space; it combines some elements from the original emblem with a graphic representation of NASA’s vision for the future.
The Earth’s limb or horizon as seen from a spacecraft is represented by an arc that passes through the word “Apollo”. This reminds us of how the earth was when viewed for the first time from the moon, one of the highest achievements of NASA that transformed how we see ourselves as humans. It also confirms NASA’s plan to keep pushing the boundaries of knowledge and delivering on the American promise of ingenuity and leadership in space.
The original Apollo logo adopted in 1965 by the program made use of Moon and Earth drawings connected by a double trajectory to portray the goal of President John F. Kennedy – to land man on the moon and return him to earth safely by the end of the 1960’s. In the same manner, the Apollo 50th anniversary emblem describes a modern-day goal; this new logo portrays an image of the Moon occupying the first “O” and an image of Mars occupying the second “O” and the phrase “Nest Giant Leap” below the word “Apollo.” The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969 made his first step on the mood from the ladder of the Eagle lander, to be “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” NASA is currently planning on returning astronauts to the Moon to try out different technologies and techniques for the upcoming giant leaps – travel missions to Mars and other destinations in deep space.
As seen in previous anniversary logo, the star field is placed against a blue nebula to acknowledge that human footprints outside earth is no longer a big dream, and also to confirm that NASA already has plans toward achieving that goal.