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New to the article, let me ask: is there a good reason to use USA-247 as the primary title, instead of the more famous NROL-39? --HectorMoffet (talk) 15:04, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

  • This is an article about the satellite, not its launch. NROL-39 was the designation of the launch, not the satellite. Both names are used to refer to this mission, and that is reflected in the lead, but USA-247 is the "correct" name for the satellite itself. --W. D. Graham 18:46, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

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NROL-39 logo
The official logo of NROL-39, an American reconnaissance satellite launch for the National Reconnaissance Office and launched in 2013. This logo drew criticism following the ongoing surveillance disclosures; satirist Jon Stewart described it as the government "owning the fact that they are getting nefarious" with "a giant octopus sucking the face off North America". According to the NRO, the logo's "octopus [is] a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature" from which America's enemies cannot hide.Patch: National Reconnaissance Office