To be fair, SpaceX probably has quite a few things to check before launching a rocket. Life-or-death kinds of things. I don't know, making sure there's enough fuel and things like that. I can understand that ensuring a perfectly centred rendering of the NASA logo maybe isn't one of the big priorities.
All the same, keen-eyed space watchers have been quick to poke fun after a SpaceX rocket blasted off sporting an apparently handpainted NASA logo that looked, well, a little off course. Twitter being Twitter, it didn't take long for people to start offering their own hand-drawn NASA logos as suggested improvements, and they'll have you chuckling all day (if you want to join the fun, see our pick of the best graphic design software).
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket sent a Crew Dragon spacecraft with a crew of four up into orbit this past week, but sharp-eyed viewers of the launch noted that something seemed to be spinning into orbit before the rocket even took off. NASA's iconic star-sparkled blue logo with its red swoop (affectionately known as the NASA 'meatball') was way off-centre.
"Wait… what… what happened to Crew-5’s meatball?" tweeted Florida Today space reporter Emre Kelly. "That's what happens when your logo doesn't have an extensive manual describing its proper usage." someone suggested (for extensive logo manuals, just see the epic new Olympics branding).
Wait…what…what happened to Crew-5’s meatball? pic.twitter.com/JiXJuYRFgEOctober 6, 2022
Wake up, honey, new NASA logo discourse just dropped https://t.co/A4sNSW4ywXOctober 2, 2022
"Wake up, honey, new NASA logo discourse just dropped," tweeted an account that's named Worm Evangelist in reference to the 'NASA worm', a fiercely defended rival to the NASA meatball logo. Meanwhile, others, including the spaceflight photographer Nick B, have taken to the task of fixing things for SpaceX with their own hilariously homemade attempts to recreate the NASA logo (and SpaceX's logo too). "You have created a whole genre," one person observes.
https://t.co/ZriD22ndBh pic.twitter.com/XfZoCatumQOctober 2, 2022
idk why i decided to make these but do with them what you willOctober 2, 2022
the new nasa logo https://t.co/8gjFp7P0Ib pic.twitter.com/k2wnlprVJYOctober 2, 2022
The SpaceX NASA logo debacle isn't the only space-themed logo controversy we've seen of late. Just a couple of weeks ago, UFO watchers couldn't believe their eyes after a US aviation intelligence office added a UFO to its logo – using clip art. To avoid such calamities yourself, make sure you see our guide to how to design a logo and how to make a logo in Photoshop.