North Korea’s space agency is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a new logo. And the Wall Street Journal fittingly describes its design in retro-futuristic terms: a “Jetsons-era throwback that captures the optimism of the Space Age.”
The space agency is called the National Aerospace Development Agency or NADA. Yes, NADA. And it all sounds too good to be true.
As with all news stories coming out of North Korea, this one is tough to fact-check. But strangely, the story looks legit. The news comes straight from a press release put out by the Korean Central News Agency of North Korea. And let’s just say that they’re not known for their April Fool’s Day pranks.
From the press release:
The emblem of the NADA was recently instituted, which represents its character, mission, position and development prospects.
Seen in the lower part of the globe-shaped dark blue emblem are white-coloured letters “Kukgaujugaebalkuk” (National Aerospace Development Administration) in Korean and in its upper part light blue-coloured letters “DPRK” with the Great Bear above them. Printed in its middle are white-coloured letters “NADA” in English.
Two light blue-coloured rings intercrossing the emblem symbolise satellite orbits.
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.
North Korea still has quite a ways to go before they conquer the heavens. But given that the original 1962-63 Jetsons TV show often poked fun at America’s Cold War adversaries in the space race, hopefully that much-delayed live-action Jetsons movie features plenty of cheesy references to the new Cold Warriors, like North Korea’s NADA. [Wall Street Journal]