So, I was reading some articles on space exploration yesterday (as you do!) and I began to see an interesting pattern as regards space agency insignia. The logos of all the more prominent agencies seem to revolve (or orbit, if you will) around a predictable group of symbols – planets, stars, aspirational arrowheads – but, more than that, they all seemed to be leading inexorably towards Star Trek‘s fictional Starfleet emblem.
While I’d long be familiar with the NASA and Roscosmos logos and have noticed the slight resemblance before, the emblem of the Chinese National Space Agency has a real “Missing Link” quality to it given how closely it resembles the Next Generation era combadge/Starfleet insignia.
A little more Googling has turned up the following about the symbolism of the various logos:
Wikipedia informs me (so it must be true, right?) that the NASA insignia displays a sphere to represents a planet, stars…
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