I am not sure why this flew under my radar last year, but when NASA hit is golden anniversary, it contracted with Crabtree + Company, a Virginia marketing agency, to develop and design their commemorative logo and materials.

 

Having designed a few anniversary logos myself, I really appreciated their fresh approach to designing the “50” in such a way as to incorporate the Hubble Space Telescope image of the “grand design” spiral galaxy M81 located 11.6 million light years away in the constellation Ursa Major.. The use of Helvetica Neue for the “5” nicely complements this planetary visage.