[FPSPACE] Mysterious Symbols in China Desert Are Spy Satellite Targets, Expert Says
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Wed Nov 16 19:42:04 EST 2011
Mysterious Symbols in China Desert Are Spy Satellite Targets, Expert Says Natalie Wolchover, Life's Little Mysteries Staff Writer Date: 16 November 2011 Time: 11:23 AM ET Newfound Google Maps images have revealed an array of mysterious structures and patterns etched into the surface of China's Gobi Desert. The media — from mainstream to fringe — has wildly speculated that they might be Chinese weapons-testing sites, satellite calibration targets, street maps of Washington, D.C., and New York City, or even messages to (or from) aliens. It turns out that they are almost definitely used to calibrate China's spy satellites. So says Jonathon Hill, a research technician and mission planner at the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University, which operates many of the cameras used during NASA's Mars missions. Hill works with images of the Martian surface taken by rovers and satellites, as well as data from Earth-orbiting NASA instruments. Full article here: http://www.space.com/13646-mystery-structures-china-desert-spy-satellite.html
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