The octopus is not just the in thing for hipster pillow designs — the US government’s taken a liking to it once again, and has plastered it onto its latest space delivery.
A large, orange octopus seen grasping its tentacles over the top and side of the Earth can be seen on the side of NROL-39, America’s newest intelligence rocket that was launched into orbit last Thursday carrying a classified payload. The logo caused a stir not only for its connotations with older communist and capitalist propaganda, but also for its tagline, which read “nothing is beyond our reach.”
A spokesperson for the National Reconnaissance Office downplayed any suggestions that the intent of the logo was evil, or designed to intimate. “NORL-39 is represented by the octopus, a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature,” a spokesperson told Forbes. “Emblematically, enemies of the United States can be reached no matter where they choose to hide.”
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