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How an engineering in-joke led to a spy satellite's world-eating octopus logo

How an engineering in-joke led to a spy satellite’s world-eating octopus logo

When the National Reconnaissance Office announced the upcoming launch of their NROL-39 mission back in December 2013, they didn’t get quite the response they hoped. That might have had something to do with the mission logo being a gigantic octopus devouring the Earth. Researcher Runa Sandvik wanted to know who approved this and why, so she filed a Freedom of Information Act with the NRO for the development materials that went into the logo. A few months later, the NRO delivered.

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