Sunday, September 6, 2009

Satellite Images - Eye in the Sky

The other day, I watched a documentary about US pilots going to war without having to be physically at the battleground. Not possible? Oh yes, what's not possible these days? United States is doing it. Is it any wonder that terrorist hideouts and such structures can be accurately destroyed by air missiles?

Indeed, the human mind is the ultimate computer. The satellite is a wonderful product of human ingenuity. North Korea is one country that most of us know next to nothing about. However, thanks to satellite imagery and the internet, we are now able to see North Korea's hidden world that rarely get seen by outsiders.

This image below (courtesy of BBC) shows an elite residential compound to the north of the capital Pyongyang. North Korea's founder, Kim Il-sung, lived there and it is believed that his son, Kim Jong-il - the country's current leader - has a residency there. As well as the large houses and well-tended gardens, there is a swimming pool in the upper left hand corner, complete with water slide.

The following image is of an ostrich farm. North Korea got into ostrich farming during the famine in the 1990s when between 500,000 and two million North Koreans are thought to have died from starvation.

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  1. haha, interesting to know that now even wars could be remote controlled?? but in a way this is a total mishaps for us, we are put into total vulnerability..

  2. Yeah! Advancement in technology is a double edge sword. If used properly....then it will benefit us...but if abused...we will at the sorry receiving end...

  3. Anonymous11:14 PM

    Wow..mighty dangerous if wars can be triggered via remote control.

  4. SK, that shows how advanced some countries are and the wide divide.

    Everything is double-edged, Tekkaus. No?

    Mei Teng, it is happening. Scary, huh?

  5. My mum went to North Korea for travel. It's a clean place and people are friendly. But she could sense that the people there are surpressed.

  6. This is indeed scary. So is 2012 going to come true? LOL!

  7. Shingo, I didn't know N Korea is open to tourists. Thanks for the info.

    Foong, you mean end of the world? Left to be seen. haha..