ESA and NASA logos on Artemis I rocket and Orion

on 05 October 2020

The space agency logos for the next spacecraft to head to the Moon have been added to Orion as part of the Artemis programme.

The new ESA logo and NASA’s ‘worm’ logo will be along for the ride on the first full mission of the powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft. Teams at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, have started to apply the historic logos on the Artemis I rocket and spacecraft.

Orion will display the logos on the first Artemis Orion spacecraft. The worm image, along with ESA’s logo, were adhered to the underside of Orion’s crew module adapter.

ESA is providing the European Service Module for Orion, which is the powerhouse that fuels and propels the spacecraft.

These logos will be seen from cameras at the end of Orion’s solar arrays as the spacecraft travels toward the Moon.

“Adding a logo to a spacecraft is a very symbolic moment, and not unlike adding a signature to a work of art. All the teams that are working around the clock to make humankind’s next Moon mission possible can be proud,” says ESA European Service Module programme manager Philippe Deloo, “The placement is superb as the mission cameras will show the logos clearly as Orion flies around the Moon.”

More information about this can be found at this link.

Image credit: NASA