Best NASA Patch Ever

Through my Brownian motion-like web surfing activities, it came to my attention that the NASA patch/logo for its Multi-Purpose Logistics Modules may be one of their best ever.

The modules were assembled in Italy and named Leonardo, Donatello, and Raffaello to commemorate these great talents in Italian history:

  • Leonardo da Vinci, an extraordinary inventor-scientist, civil engineer, architect, artist and military planner and weapons designer
  • Donato di Niccolo Di Betto Bardi, one of the greatest sculptors of all time and one of the founders of modern sculpture
  • Raffaello Sanzio, an artist whose work stands alone for its visual achievement of human grandeur, both in clarity of form and ease of composition.

With the images that come to mind with those three… heck, with da Vinic alone… you can imagine any one of a number of possible sources they might draw upon to create an emblem.

So, of course, when NASA created a patch to represent the modules, they went straight for…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Turtles in Space!

The modules themselves have been around for nearly a decade, but the patch seems to be of more recent vintage.

Maybe not the best NASA patch ever, but still a pretty amusing one.

2 thoughts on “Best NASA Patch Ever

  1. Margui

    Very interesting!! I didn’t know that NASA made a logo like this. I have a question when I see the logo on the NASA’S page the name in the middle of the patch is RAPHAEL, not RAFFAELLO and the white letter are upper and lowercase, and in this patch the white letter are all uppercase.
    Which one is the authentic patch? Or there is two versions of it?


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