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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
image by Eugene Ipavec, 27 July 2006
flag of National Space Development Agency (NASDA)
image by Eugene Ipavec, 26 July 2006
Space exploration being one of my interests, I was bound to come across following message from NASDA, the National Space Development Agency of Japan:
English Name, Acronym (Nickname), and Logo of New Aerospace Organization
May 23, 2003
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is to be born on October 1, 2003, merging the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL), and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA). The official English name, "Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)", represents our enthusiasm not only for exploration but also for broader activities including research and development by the use of the word "exploration". In the new logo, "A" for "Aerospace" is designed as a star to symbolize "hope", "pride", and an "exploratory mind", and to signify a guidepost pointing to our future. It reflects our hope for JAXA to be a star of Japan and for all of human society, as well as to shine brightly.
See the the flag on the right at :http://iss.sfo.jaxa.jp/iss/kibo/pict/advanced/DSCN0734.jpg
The blue NASDA initials on a white background form a nice counterpart to the national flag. (I once saw a logo with red letters on a NASA souvenir page, though.)
NASDA was established in 1969, NAL in 1955 and ISAS in 1964. I haven't
discovered NAL's or ISAS's flags yet, although both use a logo or symbol. We
may expect the new JAXA logo to appear on flags in the near future.
Jan Mertens, 20 September 2003
Kibou (Hope) is the name of the Japanese module of the
International Space Station (not yet launched due to the interruption in
Shuttle flights, I think). JAXA also has a small manned shuttlecraft
named HOPE-X in development, designed to be launched on the H-2 booster.
Eugene Ipavec, 26 July 2006
A white paper airplane flying on the red sun and the Japanese character
Hiragana "Kibou" meaning "Hope" is written on the flag.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 28 April 2005
The rounded blue square w/ red sun and paper airplane emblem is or has
been also used as a spacesuit patch, among other things: see
image at JAXA.
Eugene Ipavec, 27 July 2006