North Korea’s Space Program, NADA, Celebrates First Anniversary

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A North Korea press release has announced the official one-year anniversary of its space agency by revealing its name and new emblem.

A North Korea press release has announced the official one-year anniversary of its space agency by revealing its name and new emblem.

The division has been given an important sounding name, the National Aerospace Development Administration.

Important, that is, until the name’s acronym is considered.

Then it becomes NADA. While that abbreviation may not sound odd in much of the world, it does most likely cause those familiar with the Spanish language to snicker.

In it, NADA translates as nothing.

The agency’s emblem has also been the cause of a few raised eyebrows, as it very closely resembles NASA’s.

Both have a round blue background, bold, centered lettering, stars, and are encircled by swooshing lines.

That point wasn’t mentioned in North Korea’s press release, though.

The statement simply says, "The Great Bear 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."

North Korea also say they are opposed to the weaponization of outer space.

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