A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is being prepped for a mission that will send a National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite into orbit from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station this Tuesday, which isin the United States.
While information about NRO launches is always a little scarce for obvious reasons, this one looks to be relatively routine except for the baffling mission artwork that includes a phrase in … Elvish?
The poster for the mission, which is officially called NROL-101, sports a pretty clear Lord of the Rings theme, featuring a pair of interlocking golden rings and the phrase “goodness persists” written in both English and Elvish Tengwar script, the fictional language dreamed up entirely by author J.R.R. Tolkien himself.
A United Launch Alliance spokesperson told me the artwork and theme came from NRO, which