North Korea provides a lesson in why you should do your own homework.
In an apparent effort to go for the "easy A," North Korea's space program has copied NASA's logo, slyly replacing the "S" with a "D" in order to form the acronym for National Aerospace Development Administration.
Trouble is in doing so they have inadvertently spelled the Spanish word for nothing: "NADA." Nada. Nothing.
The Korea Central News Agency (KCNA), the North's state news agency, reported that the 1-year-old agency's logo, "represents its character, mission, position and development prospects."
Truly there is more to the emblem than meets the eye. KCNA finds something in NADA:
Two light blue-colored rings intercrossing the emblem symbolize 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.
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.
Funny, so does NASA's.
North Korea did successfully put a satellite into orbit in December 2012, following a rather embarrassing attempt in April of that same year when one fizzled minutes after takeoff.
They maintain that it is meant for "peaceful" purposes, like studying crops and weather patterns.
Thing is, while this satellite remains in orbit, it doesn't appear to be working, according to The Guardian. It appears to be delivering ... wait for it ... yes, nada.
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