NASA logo temporary tattoo! From the wing of the space shuttle to the top of the NASA homepage, the agency's official insignia is probably its best-known symbol. 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 aeronautics. The circular orbit around the agency's name represents space travel. A special thanks to NASA for the use of the artwork for this tattoo.