Here's the meaning behind NASA's iconic logo

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NASA recently shared some fascinating facts about the symbolism behind its iconic logo.

The round red, white and blue insignia, nicknamed the "meatball," was designed by employee James Modarelli in 1959, NASA's second year.

The design incorporates references to different aspects of the mission of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The round shape of the insignia represents a planet, the stars represent space, the red v-shaped vector represents aeronauticsm while the circular orbit around the agency's name represents space travel.