posts about or somewhat related to ‘satellites’

Wrangell–St. Elias National Park Death Valley Canyonlands National Park

US National Parks from Space

Wired pulls together a collection of NASA images to show what US national parks look like from space.

Above: Wrangell–St. Elias National Park (Alaska), Death Valley (California/Nevada), Canyonlands National Park (Utah).

The images in Google Earth are sourced from a wide range of both commercial and public sources. We source our satellite imagery from US-based companies who are subject to US law, including the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 1997, which limits the resolution of imagery of Israel that may be commercially distributed.

A Google spokeswoman to Mother Jones, Why Google Earth Can’t Show You Israel.

Learning something new every day — Michael.

What stories can satellite imagery tell us about North Korea’s labor camps?

A whole lot, evidently.

Via Amnesty International:

Amnesty International has published satellite imagery and new testimony that shed light on the horrific conditions in North Korea’s network of political prison camps, which hold an estimated 200,000 people.

The images reveal the location, size and conditions inside the camps. Amnesty International spoke to a number of people, including former inmates from the political prison camp at Yodok as well as guards in other political prison camps, to obtain information about life in the camps.

According to former detainees at the political prison camp at Yodok, prisoners are forced to work in conditions approaching slavery and are frequently subjected to torture and other cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment. All the detainees at Yodok have witnessed public executions.

"North Korea can no longer deny the undeniable. For decades the authorities have refused to admit to the existence of mass political prison camps," said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International Asia Pacific Director.

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US Intelligence Imagery to be Released →

Secrecy News is reporting that the US National Geospatial Intelligence Agency is looking for a contractor to digitize and release “approximately 4 million linear feet of film up to approximately 7 inches in width.”

The film contains historical intelligence satellite imagery.

For those counting, four million feet is about 757 miles.