The NASA logo is a wonderful example of a timeless, traditional logo. While the sphere evidently signifies a planet, the stars in the meatball represent the space. The red chevron, on the other hand, forms the alternate shape of the constellation Andromeda. It is supposed to be a wing that exemplifies aeronautics.
The NASA logotype was created as part of a campaign launched by the Federal Graphics Improvement Program of the National Endowment for the Arts to come up with a more modern and futuristic design. The task was given to two outside graphic designers named Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn. They managed to deliver the “worm” wordmark which consists of a stylized treatment of the agency’s name using red color. It noticeably takes out the horizontal bars of the letter “A”.
The use of red color in the NASA logotype embodies passion, energy, courage, confidence and the never-ending challenges that the agency faces in attempting to establish itself as the world’s leading aeronautics and aerospace research organization.