The NASA Seal in a multi-layered stainless steel design. The name "NASA" and the orbital ring are finished in white and the chevron symbol is finished in Vintage Red. The Vintage Blue layer has planets and stars laser etched from the blue finish. The base layer is our signature Vinatge Steel finish.
In the NASA insignia design, the sphere represents a planet, the stars represent space, the red chevron, in the alternate shape of the constellation andromeda, is a wing representing aeronautics (the latest design in hypersonic wings at the time the logo was developed), and then there is the orbiting spacecraft going around the wing. It is known officially as the insignia.[
The NASA logo dates from 1959, when the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) metamorphosed into an agency that would advance both astronautics and aeronautics— the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The NASA seal was approved by President Eisenhower in 1959, and slightly modified by John F. Kennedy in 1961.