NSA Affiliated Spy Satellite Mission Patch Slogan: “NOTHING IS BEYOND OUR REACH”

The National Reconnaissance Office launched a spy satellite mission this week that’s mission patch snagged tons of attention on Twitter. The patch was not fake but the actual real mssion patch used on the rocket sent into space (picture below). The patch is of a furrowed-browed octopus that looks to be strangling the planet and sports the boastful slogan “Nothing is Beyond Our Reach”! Here’s the official description from the NRO’s government website:

When the United States needs eyes and ears in critical places where no human can reach – be it over the most rugged terrain or through the most hostile territory – it turns to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The NRO is the U.S. Government agency in charge of designing, building, launching, and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites.

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) was established in 1961 and aids the Intelligence Community as well as the Department of Defense, by monitoring the planet via satellites.

The United States intelligence community spends billions of dollars annually to fund operations like building and launching these spy satellites, which allow the government to eavesdrop on emails, listen to world leaders’ phone calls and who knows what else.

In preparation for launch, the NROL-39 payload, encapsulated within a 5-meter diameter payload faring, is transported and mated to its United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V booster at Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex-3. (Photo from www.ulalaunch.com)
In preparation for launch, the NROL-39 payload, encapsulated within a 5-meter diameter payload faring, is transported and mated to its United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V booster at Vandenberg’s Space Launch Complex-3. (Photo from http://www.ulalaunch.com)

The NRO as well as the National Security Agency or NSA (highly ridiculed recently for crossing privacy boundaries) are responsible for building and operating the spy satellites used to collect intelligence around the world. Although the NSA and similar agencies have been seen as unethical lately they still have done a lot to protect American citizens. According to RT.com,

NRO-gathered intelligence was reportedly instrumental in the mission that brought US Navy SEAL’s to the home of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, and decades earlier the agency launched a school-bus sized satellite into orbit to spy on Soviets at the height of the Cold War.”

Read the Full Story Here.

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