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The logo, symbols, seal, flag, or coat of arms of a space agency or mission.

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Help decoding the US Space Force 45th Space Wing emblem symbology

What is the difference between Cape Canaveral SFS and Patrick SFB? reminds us that the US Space Force now has bases or at least stations. Wikipedia's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station links to the ...
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What mission is this Chris Hadfield photo associated with and what is the location? And what is that thing?

Many, many astronauts have gone on to be wonderful orators, educators, advocates for science, education and positive thinking, Major Tom Colonel (ret) and (fmr) ISS Commander Chris Hadfield is just ...
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What's this creature on the Canadian Space Agency coat of arms, and why is it there?

The Canadian Space Agency has a coat of arms with the following creature on it. What is this creature, and why is it there? A1 Aardvark / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
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Will SpaceX paint over the NASA Worm on booster 1058 for its next flight?

For the Dragon Crew mission SpaceX flew a brand new booster (how declasse) B1058 and painted it with the old style NASA Worm logo. SpaceX owns the booster and is most likely to fly it many more times ...
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Apollo 12 Commemorative Spirit Patch, three astronauts on the Moon?

Why are there three astronauts standing on the Moon on this Apollo 12 Commemorative Spirit Patch? Is it only freedom of arts? Of course it is not an official mission patch. From this A-B Emblem page....
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Apollo Mission Insignia patches, were they stitched by hand or numeric control?

An Apollo Mission Insignia Patch made in the late sixties looked like this: Patches made today and sold by a NASA shop for $5.75 look a bit different: The new patches were made using a computer ...
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Is the NASA worm logo back?

I love the NASA "worm" logo, but they retired it in 1992. Now an article on CollectSpace claims that the worm is officially authorized again: "The worm is back!" NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ...
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Humanoid silhouette on SpaceX's Starhopper; what does it represent?

update: The silhouette now has a page in Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hughmann_for_scale.svg The images below are from a NASA Spaceflight forum post and can be seen in @...
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What is the meaning of the ROSCOSMOS logo?

ROSCOSMOS is the Russian state corporation for space exploration. Its logo is below. What is the official meaning or significance of the parts of the logo? ROSCOSMOS' main launch site (Baikonur ...
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What do these three historical IBM staff at NASA insignias designate?

The question Where are these historical IBM + Apollo related locations within NASA? What do these computers do? shows four images. Three of them show different IBM insignias on shirts of IBM staff. ...
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Why has NASA shunned the worm logo?

I love the NASA "worm" logo. It's a futuristic, stylish rendering of the agency's acronym. But they "retired" it in 1992. WHY??? It was replaced with NASA's original logo, the "meatball": Not be ...
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What do these patterns on Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity represent, and how are they applied?

The NPR news article Virgin Galactic Space Plane Reaches New Heights In Test Flight links to the Virgin Galactic YouTube video VSS Unity | Third Rocket Powered Flight which is quite beautiful to watch!...
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What do these Formosat-5 patch images mean - who designed them?

Researching for the question What does the four-leafed clover on Zuma's (and others') mission patch signify? I came across the site http://spacexpatchlist.space/ I can't be sure of the validity of the ...
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What does the four-leafed clover on mission patches produced by SpaceX signify?

According to Spaceflight Now's article Top secret ‘Zuma’ mission puzzles satellite trackers, SpaceX's mission patch for the Zuma Falcon 9 mission is that shown below (and in the article). I noticed ...
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What is the story behind NICER's mission patch?

The upcoming SpaceX launch with the apparently first re-use of a dragon capsule will bring with it the NICER array. NICER is a directional X-ray spectrometer with very precise timing capability. It ...
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What organizations correspond to the logos on this ORBITEC Vortex engine rocket?

Images are from the 2012 New Atlas article ORBITEC flight tests new vortex liquid fuel rocket engine. One looks a bit like a US military or DoD logo, one perhaps is ATK, but I'm not sure. Is this ...
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Is this really the logo of the North Korean space program?

Reading about the North Korean space program, and its recent launch of the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4 satellite, I stumbled upon this logo: It is referenced in quite a few news stories, like here or here, or ...
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What do the various logos and text on the Soyuz launcher signify?

I've noticed that different launches of the Soyuz launcher have a variety of logos depicted on the side of the fairing and boosters. What do the logos in the different positions signify? Who decides ...
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What constellation is on the NASA logo?

While watching the ORB3 Antares explosion press conference, I began to wonder about the design of the NASA logo. Do the white stars on the blue background represent some particular stellar pattern, ...
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