After the Nixon administration pushed for the National Endowment of the Arts and the Federal Graphics Improvement Program, NASA commissioned and awarded the project to re-do its graphics and communications to the studio of Danne & Blackburn. After debuting its work in 1974, the familiar logo space aficionados know and love (nicknamed The Worm) came to be roughly a year later. The logo was used until 1992, when NASA reinstated its previously used logo.


Last Tuesday, September 8th, however, an act to completely reissue those classic '70s manual from Danne & Blackburn made its way to Kickstarter, managing to pull in (currently) over $680,000 USD, easily surpassing the initial goal of $158,000. The design team of Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth, who work at Pentagram, created the project, which Smyth remarks as "A wonderful example of modernist design thinking that was prevalent in the ’70s and the ’60s."

"Our Kickstarter will support the printing of a reissue of the manual," reads the campaign. It will be printed and bound as a hardcover book, using high quality scans of Danne’s personal copy, who is in full support of the campaign."

Head over to Kickstarter to read a full, laborious description of the project and pledge for a copy. Pledges begin at $79.