The National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA), the agency being a touch more affective than the Spanish word for “nothing,” unveiled its new logo this week and it looks strikingly similar to NASA’s. NADA’s list of accomplishments is quite short. NADA launched a satellite once after 14 years of research and development, a satellite which one engineer called a “dishwater wrapped in tin foil, into the heavens only to have it avoid detection from a host of astronomers which have tried to find it from their high-powered telescopes and other instrumentation.
The agency has also fallen short of putting something into orbit and failed on four separate occasions including one that saw the rocket explode right after takeoff in 2012.
NADA’s mission is to “put into practice the idea and principle of the DPRK government to develop the space for peaceful purpose. The emblem of the NADA was recently instituted, which represents its character, mission, position and development prospects,” according to a recent press release announcing the new logo.
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While Korea insists that its space program only exists for peaceful purposes, well, Japan and South Korea aren’t buying it.
“The DPRK has pushed ahead with space development projects to turn the country into a space power, fully exercising its right to peaceful development of the space on a legal basis,” North Korean officials said in a press release announcing the new emblem.
NADA’s logo comes as the administration celebrates its first anniversary, and in addition to its design comes with a large share of nonsense propaganda.
“The emblem of the NADA was recently instituted, which represents its character, mission, position and development prospects,” they said, according to the release. “Two light blue-colored rings intercrossing the emblem symbolize satellite orbits. The Great Bear [Big Dipper constellation] reflects the will of the space scientists of the DPRK to glorify Kim Il Sung’s and Kim Jong Il’s Korea as a space power. The globe represents the DPRK’s idea for peaceful development of the space and the rings show the DPRK’s will to launch satellite into all orbits.”