The new 'Space Force' logo looks suspiciously like a logo from Star Trek
Amid the ongoing impeachment trial, president Donald Trump took to Twitter this afternoon to tweet out an image he says is the logo for the newly formed branch of the United States military, the United States Space Force.
" After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military! ", Trump said in his tweet.
Whether or not we actually need a Space Force is a topic for another post. After all, 45th Space Wing of the Air Force currently operates out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Kennedy Space Center in Florida). And, you know, space is up in the air. And literally everything is in space. But... I digress.
It didn't take long for others to notice a striking similarity though, as Miriam Kramer, who covers space stories for Axios, pointed out:
The logo appears to be remarkably similar to Star Trek's Starfleet Command logo. As one user noted:
In technical terms, this is what we refer to as a "big oof".
I mean this seriously - are we even surprised at this point?
As you'll recall, back in the summer of 2018 when the creation of the Space Force was first announced, the Trump administration released a handful of prospective logos for the 6th branch of our military. You'll find a few of these look more than familiar (and/or designed by a 14 year old in their high school graphic design class).
But other users on Twitter pointed out that the center of the logo is taken from the Air Force Space Command's logo:
John Noonan on Twitter
“For those excitedly tweeting that Trump stole the Star Trek logo!!!!, the patch on the left was the existing Air Force Command logo. The same one I wore as a Lieutenant in 2005.”
... Which leaves one to wonder why we need a new military branch when we already have one?