From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum

1st Logo (1961-1973?)

Visuals: Over a space background, the logo starts with the NASA seal logo.

Technique: A still printed graphic.

Audio: Possibly an announcer of sorts.

Availability: Seen on earlier products affiliated with NASA.

2nd Logo (1972-1989)

Visuals: On a black (or white) background is a red N/\S/\ appearing in the corporate font of the time. After the words "National Aeronautics and Space Administration" fade in.

Technique: 2D cel animation.

Audio: None or the closing theme of the movie.

Availability: Can be found on some NASA TV specials, most of which can be found on the NASA: 50 Years of Space Exploration set.

3rd Logo (c.1972-1985)

Visuals: On a red background, the first half of the first N in the NASA logo (the logo is in white) is shown. The N begins to rotate clockwise, leaving a white trail behind it that follows it. As it is rotating, the camera zooms out, revealing the rest of the logo spinning with the N. After one full rotation, the logo stops, and the trail goes into the logo and disappears. The words "National Aeronautics and Space Administration" fade in below the logo.

Variant: NASA-The 25th Year has a special version of this logo. A "25" is shown on a white background, with the 2 in red and the 5 in blue. The bottom portions of the numbers are shaded in (no spaces), and a white star is in between the numbers. After a few seconds, the "25" fades out and fades into the part of the logo where the N begins to spin.

Technique: 2D cel animation.

Audio: A synth tune. The 25th anniversary variant has a calm, five-note tune.

Availability: This can only be found on NASA - The 25th Year, which can be found on the mentioned NASA set, and an educational film from circa 1972.

3rd (official) Logo (1989-unknown retirement year)


4th Logo (unknown timespan)


5th Logo (unknown timespan)


6th Logo (1996-August 12, 1997)

Visuals: On the crashes from background The space saturn earth and the space raise from NASA text from SPECIAL PRESENTATION text The copyright stamp is seen (c) (1996) NASA inc.

Variant: A still version exists where the copyright stamp is omitted.

Technique: Unknown

Audio: 3 note tune from crashes sound from saturn zooming out from zooms sound.

Availability: Unknown

7th Logo (March 19, 2010-)

Visuals: There is a 3D CGI version of the modern NASA logo on a black background. The white "comet" (which is supposed to be a spacecraft) in the logo continuously orbits around the "NASA" text.

Variant: In IMAX: Hubble, the logo is filmed. It is also further zoomed out and the "comet" and stars are glowing.

Technique: Computer animation.

Audio: Usually silent, or sometimes an echoing ping that repeats in groups of three throughout the entire logo.

Availability: First seen on IMAX: Hubble (or Hubble 3D). It can also be seen at the end of certain videos on the International Space Station's Instagram account.
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