North Korea’s new space agency logo says a lot – NADA

// April 2nd, 2014 // Astronomy and Space News


North Korea space agency logo - NADA

It’s one year old and to celebrate the milestone, North Korea has rolled out a new logo for their space program called, and we’re not kidding here – NADA (as in Spanish for “nothing”). Not surprisingly, the logo is almost a direct copy of NASA’s iconic emblem (see below).

Comparison of North Korea's NADA logo to the NASA logo

According to North Korea, the blue rings in the logo represent satellites and the stars shows its desire to “glorify Kim Il-sung’s and Kim Jong-il’s Korea as a space power”. Yes, “space power”, as in “we can’t even get a satellite to work”. The Guardian explained how North Korea’s space program has provide comedic fodder for the West through their many failed satellite attempts:

“The orbiting satellite was launched into December 2012, on a three-stage Unha rocket. Unha is Korean for “galaxy”. It was the country’s fifth attempt to put a satellite in orbit, with the previous mission, in April 2012, failing very publicly when the rocket exploded shortly after lift-off. North Korean scientists said the satellite would study crops and weather patterns. While it appeared the satellite was initially orbiting normally, US astronomers said soon afterwards that it was not transmitting any signals and was most probably tumbling in orbit.”

Sources: The Guardian
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