North Korea names space agency 'NADA'

North Korea marked the one-year anniversary of its space agency’s founding this week by naming it the National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA). 

In a press release, the North Korean government said NADA will be used to “develop the space for peaceful purpose.” 

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The agency’s new emblem, which displays the acronym NADA, closely resembles the logo used for the United States's space program, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

On the North Korean emblem are rings that depict satellite orbits and a series of stars that are intended to symbolize Kim Il Sung’s and Kim Jong Il’s leadership. 

“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,” the North Korea said.

Despite North Korea’s provocative missile launches, its government says its space program calls for “cooperation” with international agencies by “ensuring equality and mutual benefits.”