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NASA's New 'Exploration' Insignia

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the only-on-sunday-are-logos-news dept.

Space 171

colonist writes "NASA has a new insignia for the program set by the Vision for Space Exploration. This UPI article describes it: "Three spheres--Earth, the moon and Mars--are arrayed in sequence, with the streak of a rocket passing through each. A Latin inscription on the emblem says 'Audentes Fortuna Juvat,' which, translated into English, says 'Fortune Favors the Bold.'" Compare it with other space mission insignia."

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I love these things. (4, Interesting)

Amiga Lover (708890) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229755)

I don't think there's many things that haven't changed much like nasa's insignias. To me they're all so delightfully kitsch 50s stuff.

Nice to see something with continuity... even nicer that I like that base design.

Re:I love these things. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9230124)

stop wasting money on stupid patches and spend it on the equipment and shuttles!!!! GRRRRR!!!!

Why Latin? (1, Insightful)

vigilology (664683) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229758)

Why do all these insignias use Latin? More people know English. NASA's English-speaking.

Re:Why Latin? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229837)

They should keep them in the original Klingon!

Re:Why Latin? (1)

Stween (322349) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229843)

Because it makes it sound complex. :)

Re:Why Latin? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229881)

Probably becuase it's one of the oldest languages there is, and because space exploration is such an historically significant event...
*shrugs*

Re:Why Latin? (5, Funny)

LittleBigLui (304739) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229927)

Why do all these insignias use Latin?


Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.
(Whatever is said in Latin, sounds profound.)

Re:Why Latin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9230052)

Nostrum navis praemium in luminosus incendia.

You can't get more profound then that

Re:Why Latin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9230113)

Semper ubi sub ubi!

So there

Re:Why Latin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9230170)

Semper ubi sub ubi!

So there

Ego nunquam ubi sub ubi! Planto vos fervens?

Re:Why Latin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9230211)

Touche'

Can't attribute it, but... (3, Funny)

quinkin (601839) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230156)

"Latin is a dead language.
Dead as dead can be.
It killed off all the Romans,
and now it's killing me."

- Allegedly etched on a desk in a classroom.

Q.

HELLO IM YOUR NEW FRIEND [offtopic] (0, Offtopic)

DrunkenTerror (561616) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230265)

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Re:Why Latin? (0)

Schemat1c (464768) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230811)

Why do all these insignias use Latin?

It's like those Latins use a different word for everything.

Re:Why Latin? (2, Insightful)

CoconutFoobar (747981) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229937)

Why do all these insignias use Latin?

If you look at this one, it has the phrase in Latin on one side, and English on the other side of the patch.
That said, it should also be noted that Latin is a rather clear language. There is a reason that French and English are used in diplomacy, they can be interpreted in many different ways, there is alot of 'wiggle room' within them. Let's look at this short phrase. 'Fortune Favors the Bold'.
Does this mean that people who write their name in bold will do better than those who write it in italics? How about Fortune, are we talking about luck or a magazine?

While few 'speak' the language, Latin still remains one of the more 'universal' languages out there and since NASA is working with other space agencies more and more, it might be good to have a descriptive phrase that translates quickly into other languages.

Re:Why Latin? (0, Redundant)

bdesham (533897) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229943)

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur.

(Anything said in Latin sounds profound.)

Re:Why Latin? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229968)

It's historical.

Coats of arms and heraldry started out when very few people could read. Those who could read generally tended to be versed in Latin, hence it appeared on coats of arms. This has been carried on in tradition until present day. Seriously, if you ever see an incredibly elaborate design for an emblem or coat of arms with English text on it, you'll instantly think "uugh, tacky!". Add to that the fact that Latin has a slight degree of ambiguity through translation, so you can get across concepts and much larger ideas with less text - perfect for use on a small image.

Re:Why Latin? (3, Interesting)

panurge (573432) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229991)

A good point. Latin inscriptions date from when everybody in Europe who could read, read Latin. That's a long time ago now, since rebels like Dante and Chaucer started doing serious literary stuff in local languages (OK, they were doing it in Provence in the 12th Century, but who reads Arnaut nowadays?)

I guess the answer is that if it's in English, you see how unimpressive it really is. Because the alternative to "Fortune favours the bold" is that saying of Flight Class 101, "There are no old, bold pilots".

Re:Why Latin? (3, Interesting)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229992)

Because Latin sounds more impressive than everyday English. It's the same reason that the Romans of Caesar's day spoke Greek when they wanted to sound especially impressive. (Hence the line in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar", "But for mine own part, it was Greek to me," in reference to Cicero's speech earlier.)

Better question: why do you ask and why do you single out NASA? The US motto ("e pluribus unum") is in Latin, as are countless other mottos, slogans, and inscriptions around this country. And if you look, the Latin is translated into English on this NASA patch.

In any event, it wasn't exactly a vital safety message, it's just a slogan. If you haven't studied Latin, you're not really missing something important.

Re:Why Latin? (1)

vigilology (664683) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230072)

Better question: why do you ask and why do you single out NASA?

I'd have thought that was obvious from the subject of the article ;-)

Re:Why Latin? (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230021)

At what point did Latin get seperate characters for I/J? (Or is this neo-classical Latin?)

Re:Why Latin? (3, Informative)

Chatmag (646500) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230024)

Here is a link with tons of Latin Phrases [yuni.com] and the English translation. Latin is the root of many western languages. Latin was required in the European Universities, such as Heidelberg, which was commissioned as a University by Pope Urban VI in 1385 (note the obvious Latin connection).

Re:Why Latin? (1)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230095)

Required in the European universities? Bah! It was required at my High School!

Re:Why Latin? (1)

Chatmag (646500) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230497)

My High School was Kaiserslautern, down the road from Heidelberg. Our Senior Prom was at Heidelberg Castle. We had Latin offered but not required.

Re:Why Latin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9230092)

Quare operor totus illa insignias utor Latin? Magis populus teneo English. NASA's English-narro

Quoniam erudio populus narro Latin , neque nec Italiano. Ego narro tardus vos insensilis agrestis!

Re:Why Latin? (4, Informative)

Avihson (689950) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230100)

Because it was originally written in Latin by Claudius in his epistles. It is an ancient truism, said well before there was a NASA, before there was an English language, well before the Earth was known to be round. Claudius lived from 10BCE to 54CE, and was emperor of Rome from 41CE until his death.

More people in the western world know Latin than know English, for the "romance languages" were founded from Latin.

Why are there Valedictorians, Baccalautate degrees, Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude? I went to a Community College Graduation this week, and Latin was everywhere.
Tradition!

Lastly, Tradition states that a pithy motto be in latin, since it is a "dead" language, and therefore less likely to be misinterpreted.

Re:Why Latin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9230207)

More people in the western world know Latin than know English, for the "romance languages" were founded from Latin.

Funny thing about that.... Latin was the language of Rome, so anything that used Latin could be called Romantic.

Educated Romans knew the Earth was round (1)

StupendousMan (69768) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230546)

Because it was originally written in Latin by Claudius in his epistles. It is an ancient truism, said well before there was a NASA, before there was an English language, well before the Earth was known to be round.

Greek astronomers had figured out that the Earth was round several centuries before Cladius. They drew on several lines of evidence: the shape of the Earth's shadow during lunar eclipses, the change in constellations visible at different latitudes, and the fact that the masts of ships sailing away from port disappear long after their hulls.

Any Roman who paid attention in school would have known that the Earth was round, too.

It adds gravitas (1)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230104)

which they prefer to gravity.

Re:Why Latin? (1)

c0dedude (587568) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230308)

Latin was the original language of learning throughout Europe. Thus, an institution dedicated to the pursuit of knowlege has a latin motto.

Re:Why Latin? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9230314)

Because truly educated Americans speak/read Latin. Its pretty simple. If you don't speak/read Latin you aren't an American Intellectual or Elite.

Cpt Sisko (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229761)

Fortune Favors the Bold

Didn't Sisko say this in DS9?

Re:Cpt Sisko (1)

dave_f1m (602921) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229853)

Yes [interplanetary.net]

Re:Cpt Sisko (4, Funny)

blancolioni (147353) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230251)

Didn't Sisko say this in DS9?

Well, Virgil said it in 10BC, but he probably stole it from Sisko.

Re:Cpt Sisko (1)

Reducer2001 (197985) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230262)

Didn't Kirk say "May fortune favor the foolish" in one of the Trek movies?

Jennifer! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229762)

Take good care of Benny :)

<RANT> (5, Insightful)

tekiegreg (674773) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229773)

Is it just me, or is NASA more of a marketing organization these days? Quit with the speeches and gimmicks and start working towards actually going somewhere interesting (aka Mars, Moon, etc.). I'd rather my taxpayer dollars do that than hype up going to one of these places :-/

</RANT>

Re: (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229796)

Yes it's just you,

Now stop masterbating to your LOTR posters and move out of your parents. Come back when you finally get a clue on how the world works.

Re: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229854)

That's a bit rude. It's actually a valid point. It's disheartening to see tax-payers money being spent on promoting the unlikely.

Re: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229903)

WTF is this BS about marketing and promoting. It's a fucking patch. The story is on spaceref.com and ./ linked to it. It's not a fucking superbowl commercial.

Re: - You have to sell it to congress (1, Insightful)

Manhigh (148034) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229871)

They hold the purse strings. Without the support of congress, NASA couldn't go.

Re: - You have to sell it to congress (1)

AnwerB (255422) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229986)

Why not use this insginia [w1.com] instead?

Then again, I suppose the majority of Congress are not quite the type...

You're right... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229905)

Why does NASA need its own television channel?
And 'Public Relations' department?

NASA PA Department (1)

sciop101 (583286) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230648)

NASA need a PA department! Without it, scientists and engineers would blather like Ellie Arroway (CONTACT).

Re: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229949)

These days?

They have always had insignias for all sorts of things (there are literally 100's of them).

I believe it's generally to promote a cohesive team feeling within the groups working on the projects (show off your badges and shit) rather than a marketing ploy.

It's just you.

Re: (1)

VanillaCoke420 (662576) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230111)

I am sure they are working to make this new vision of exploration come true, that's not the problem. Lack of political support could be a problem though. Also, I think they had insignias and badges and logos since they started. That's not anything all their scientists and engineers are doing, taking up all their time.

Re: (1)

tealover (187148) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230166)

Why is that it's always the person who works at 7-11 who's concerned about where his tax dollars are going?

Re: (1)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230344)

Because the less money you have after tax, the more you worry about where the chunk the government took is going.

Re: (2, Insightful)

Minna Kirai (624281) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230190)

Is it just me, or is NASA more of a marketing organization these days?

Just these days? As I recall, the focus of NASA back in it's heyday was scoring propaganda victories in the Cold War.

The single most practical reason for the moon landing was to show up the Soviets.

In 2,300 years... (4, Funny)

quinkin (601839) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229784)

NASA announces new plan to wait for next Earth, Moon, Mars alignment and build a great big slippery slide...

Q.

Re:In 2,300 years... (1)

edoc (772148) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230002)

How dare you release our plans to the rest of the world. Your identity will be erased and we will be seeing you shortly. If you already have a tinfoil hat I suggest you wear it as you make your body suit.

Re:In 2,300 years... (1)

No. 24601 (657888) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230065)

NASA announces new plan to wait for next Earth, Moon, Mars alignment and build a great big slippery slide...

More like wait for a inter-planetary collision, or rather a celestial OREO cookie and literally jump between the planets.

GeekMan Spacesuits (4, Funny)

ryanmfw (774163) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229787)

Darn, now I need someone to sew one of these onto my cool GeekMan(TM) action figure battle spacesuits!

Bold? (1)

Epistax (544591) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229803)

'Audentes Fortuna Juvat,' which, translated into English, says 'Fortune Favors the Bold.'

To boldy go where no man has gone before.
Woman, having previously been there last year.

Better idea..... (-1, Redundant)

N8F8 (4562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229824)

Picture an endless stream of dollars being sucked into a black hole. Not that I have anything against NASA, but the Space Shuttle was a waste of money from day 1. I'd rather see a bigger chunk of the pie go toward encouraging commercial spaceflight. I'd rather see a space hotel with rentable research rooms before an international space station piece-of-crap-waste-of-money.

Re:Better idea..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229893)

I'd rather see a space hotel with rentable research rooms before an international space station piece-of-crap-waste-of-money.

At least something "international" is relatively effective. Anything labelled "international" on earth just sits there looking pretty.

Re:Better idea..... (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230094)

The ISS will be in the sky over Toronto looking pretty tonight just after 10pm. With that and all the Victoria Day fireworks ready to go, of course it's going to be wet and overcast the whole long weekend. Poot!

Nice to see (4, Insightful)

Tandoori Haggis (662404) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229852)

that the new insignia hints at the future without explicitly including specific targets outside of our moon and Mars.

Visual representations like this can help reinforce what the mission is all about.

I think its cool.

Re:Nice to see (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229914)

The insignia seems to be about "getting it up to the stars".

Re:Nice to see (1)

FreeMars (20478) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230141)

The insignia seems to be about "getting it up to the stars".

Or "plummeting into the sun".

Re:Nice to see (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230524)

At least the motto isn't Ad Astra Per Goatse.

Re:Nice to see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229961)

Visual representations like this can help reinforce what the mission is all about.

It's about those big round things in the sky. Any one will do.

Re:Nice to see (1)

gandalphthegreen (751209) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229964)

You must work in marketing ;)

Re:Nice to see (1)

VanillaCoke420 (662576) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230138)

I like the big star at the end of the road.

It's slightly better than the last slogan (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229858)

Safe, sensible, and on the ground.

Re:It's slightly better than the last slogan (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229884)

Don't you mean N.A.S.A. Need Another Seven Astronauts?

I was scared for a second (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229878)

As long as they left off Europa, I think we'll be okay.

Nice logo NASA (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9229962)

Three spheres--Earth, the moon and Mars--are arrayed in sequence, with the streak of a rocket missing all three and flying straight into the sun

One badge team must have been working in metric, the other in imperial.

Re:Nice logo NASA (1)

f97tosc (578893) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230910)

Three spheres--Earth, the moon and Mars--are arrayed in sequence, with the streak of a rocket missing all three and flying straight into the sun

One badge team must have been working in metric, the other in imperial.


For Earth, Moon, Mars (in that order) an object behind them cannot be the sun. It has to be another star. It is the "and beyond" part of the new vision, probably.

Tor

Since we have these new badges... (1)

Councilor Hart (673770) | more than 10 years ago | (#9229982)

... all our money is spend.
So, no astronaut, you don't get to go.
In fact, due to budget restraints:
You are fired

Bold... or Risk-Averse (4, Insightful)

Azghoul (25786) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230016)

"Fortune Favors the Bold".

Too bad it doesn't seem to be true these days. Seems to me that the U.S. is so risk-averse that any attempt at space travel will be terribly expensive and will take decades. Not because the technology isn't there (remember, we DID go to the moon 35 years ago), but because there might be a .001% chance of something going wrong, and we just can't have that!!

When we DO finally get space travel sorted out, my suggestion is to put the lawyers and insurance CEOs on the first flight and aim it at the sun (Hey, it's Pauly Shore! And Rosie! Ding ding ding goes the trolley!).

Re:Bold... or Risk-Averse (2, Funny)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230120)

The full slogan is actually "fortune favors the bold robotic vehicle"

Re:Bold... or Risk-Averse (1)

VanillaCoke420 (662576) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230223)

True. I want space exploration to be as safe as possible, but not so safe that we can't afford it, or that our technology wont develop because we will never fly. Failures will always happen, we've been flying around in our atmosphere for about a hundred years and accidents still happen. We can't expect something like spaceflight to be 100% safe. The only way to make it safer is to try and try again. Also competition in the private market will help.

Re:Bold... or Risk-Averse (1)

Keys (773733) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230246)

Well, when something DOES go wrong EVERYONE knows about it. When something goes right, no one cares, it's not usually reported when a new sattalite is launched without a problem. It seems there is sort of a negative feeling attached to space travel.

Re:Bold... or Risk-Averse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9230362)

Strange, but true. People aren't interested about many things, I mean they can't very well report about all the cars that were not involved in a fatal crash, or every aeroplane that did not crash, or every shuttle that did not disintegrate upon reentry. But I DO think that space exploration should get much more media attention. Or is it that we'd rather read about Britney's latest escapades, or who was voted off in the asinine reality show of the month, or watch shows about "stupid people", "stupid criminals" and "when animals attack stupid people"? Seems like it :-(

Re:Bold... or Risk-Averse (4, Insightful)

cgenman (325138) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230357)

Not because the technology isn't there (remember, we DID go to the moon 35 years ago), but because there might be a .001% chance of something going wrong, and we just can't have that!!

Actually, the shuttle has a roughly %2 failure rate [strategypage.com] . By comparison, SARS killed about %4 of the people it infected. And the shuttle is about as stable and mature a space launcher as you will find. So in other words, the technology is still gambling with the lives of astronauts, though it is more vegas roulette than russian roulette.

As for being terribly expensive and taking lots of time... You're building a space ship. A space ship. How long would it take you to build a plane from scratch? How long would it take you to build a plane from scratch that people could live in? How long would it take you to build a plane from scratch that can work without oxygen, fly above our atmosphere, and let passengers out in the middle of a vaccuum? Did I mention protect the occupants from solar radiation, withstand several thousand degrees of heat, and recycle all body excretia into drinkable water?

The space plane program is taking forever because the technology isn't there. The kinds of weight-to-thrust ratio to take off without boosters isn't possible without a lot more development of our engine technologies. Remember, our trip to the moon DID cost roughly 200 billion dollars, or 5% of the GDP for several years.

Re:Bold... or Risk-Averse (1)

rpj1288 (698823) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230868)

Good idea! Lets get rid of that entire useless third of society!

Anotther inscription .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9230056)

It is a good day to die!

way better!

Earth, Moon, Mars...stars (1)

Spoing (152917) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230205)

The insignia shows that Mars is only one in a chain. Quite appropriate, me thinks!

My only reaction. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9230228)

Privatize NASA. And while we're at it, privatize the post office, too. I'm sick of them increasing the price of stamps while they spend wads of cash promoting their new collector stamps. Fuckin' stupid.

Re:My only reaction. (1)

Sigurd_Fafnersbane (674740) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230987)

I dont get it, where I live stamps still cost the same. A 10 cent stamp have been for sale for a dime as long as I can remember

Very Nike! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9230449)

Nice to see aliens will see the Swoosh TM

Fortune? (2, Insightful)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230485)

translated into English, says 'Fortune Favors the Bold.'

Fortune? How Ferrengi of us. As American Indians are rumored to have said, "Moon people, watch you land! These guys will try to take it."

(One thing about slashdot is that you can mispell just about any word, and nobody complains. But, mispell a Trek word and you are vaporized by the masses.)

Sounds Familiar.... (2, Interesting)

WryCoder (18961) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230498)

Reminds me of some software projects. First the logo, then the web site, then the coffee cups, and finally start arguing about what is to be accomplished.

Re:Sounds Familiar.... (1)

loyalsonofrutgers (736778) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230957)

They have people that don't do anything but graphic design. It's not like the rocket scientists are messing around in photoshop wasting time before they start the "real work."

short-term thinking? (3, Funny)

WillWare (11935) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230505)

The Moon-Mars thing is only the next five or ten years, isn't it? NASA would presumably want an insignia that extends beyond the immediate goal. At least I would, if I were NASA. Otherwise I'd worry about whether I should be getting my resume cleaned up.

"Fortune favors the bold", huh? So what favors the feeble? Whatever that is, NASA should be shopping for some of that.

Re:short-term thinking? (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230608)

The Moon-Mars thing is only the next five or ten years, isn't it? NASA would presumably want an insignia that extends beyond the immediate goal.

The swoosh extends a bit beyond Mars if you look closely, and sort of points to a bright star.

Swoosh? "Too boldly go where Nike has been."

Re:short-term thinking? (1)

Prof.Phreak (584152) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230879)

NASA would presumably want an insignia that extends beyond the immediate goal...

Possibly. But long-term insignia costs more---and they've already probably spend half ot heir budget coming up with this short-term one.

Audentes Fortuna Juvat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9230556)

From Virgil's Aeneid, Liber X, 284:
"Audentis Fortuna iuvat" (or juvat, or iuuat or juuat)

they made a typo... it's not Audentes, we could discuss about how to pronunciate or write 'juvat', but Audentes it's a different case, it's just plain wrong...

eh (1)

mnemonic_ (164550) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230791)

why genitive singular (-is)? why not accusative plural (-es)?

Uh-oh. (1)

faronem (675704) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230628)

Isn't that rocket going directly into the heart of the sun? That's bad, right?

favors the bold (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230707)

hahah fortune favors the bold.. reminds me of DS9 :)

Odd... (1)

Dizzle (781717) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230748)

all these insignia look like some sort of Boy Scout "Earth Orbit" or "Space Exploration" badges...

Maybe that's Bush's plan for 2020.

"Three spheres--Earth, the moon and Mars" (2, Funny)

3LP (552899) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230777)

Its triplanetary! Curse those filthy Boskonians....

Fortune Favors the.... (1)

jdepew (192259) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230793)

I believe it was Cpt. Kirk who said...

Fortune Favors the Foolish

"Stulti Fortuna Juvat"

Christmas Tree! (1)

kireK (254264) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230895)

First there was the Meat Ball
Then the Worm
Then back tot he Meat Ball
So, is it now to the Christmas Tree?

Dan Goldin would be proud (1)

Hao Wu (652581) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230920)

For a man more concerned with stationary design than space station design, not to mention speech-making and apologizing for NASA's very existence.

His next plan is to bring "Faster, Better, Cheaper" to the B.U. School of Medicine. What a great concept for providing health care... Let's hope it works better than it did for NASA under his watch.

NASA PR (3, Funny)

Animats (122034) | more than 10 years ago | (#9230945)

NASA has a great PR operation. They should realize that's their core business area and dump the space operations.

Star Trek (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9231043)

If you move the V shape a little to the center, and get rid of the planets, it looks like the insigna from the first Star Trek show. Even the slogan sounds a little similar.

To boldly postulate where no one has postulated before.
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