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Mysterious Symbols in China Desert Are Spy Satellite Targets, Expert Says
Live Science ^ | Nov 15, 2011 | Natalie Wolchover

Posted on 11/17/2011 2:44:55 PM PST by bkopto

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.

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The calibration targets are larger than might have been expected, he said, suggesting that the satellite cameras they are being used to calibrate have surprisingly poor ground resolution.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: china; clintonlegacy; satellitecalibration; satellitetargets

1 posted on 11/17/2011 2:45:00 PM PST by bkopto
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To: bkopto

Tells you nothing about their current technology since these things are decades old (from the erosion you see on them).


2 posted on 11/17/2011 2:49:21 PM PST by DManA
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To: bkopto

One expert I had read said that it indicates that their satellites have an extremely poor rate of resolution.


3 posted on 11/17/2011 2:49:52 PM PST by Jonty30
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To: Jonty30

Or, let’s get real here a moment, neither the Chinese nor the experts have the slightest idea what they are about.


4 posted on 11/17/2011 2:53:46 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: bkopto

Seems like just yesterday since Clinton allowed Bernie Schwartz of Loral Space and Technology to export sensitive missile guidance technology to China in violation of the law. They’ve progressed remarkably quickly in just a few short years.


5 posted on 11/17/2011 2:54:15 PM PST by SpaceBar
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6 posted on 11/17/2011 2:55:47 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: bkopto

This is just a cover story. The lines were made by ancient aliens!

7 posted on 11/17/2011 2:57:00 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: bkopto; All

Does this mean we need to go outside, look up and give our middle finger to the sky?


8 posted on 11/17/2011 2:57:59 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: muawiyah

I think expert is correct.

American satellites do the same. It’s just a way of constantly calibrating, so the satellites stay in their proper orbits.


9 posted on 11/17/2011 3:00:00 PM PST by Jonty30
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To: bkopto

I thought they resembled those black and white squares that are used with Smart phones.


10 posted on 11/17/2011 3:10:05 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: bkopto; All

More markings are approximately 13 miles and 18.5 miles West of the following; 40.452107,93.742118 (on google.earth).


11 posted on 11/17/2011 3:13:41 PM PST by Las Vegas Dave (The DemocRATic party preys on the ignorant!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks bkopto.

It’s a Chinese airfield.

It reflects Chinese aviation practices — the pilot taxis down the runway, then stops short, the flight crew dashes down the gangway, runs around the base of the plane yelling, then finally rushes back in and takes the same places in the cockpit, and resumes taxiing.


12 posted on 11/17/2011 3:17:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


13 posted on 11/17/2011 3:17:35 PM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: colorado tanker

That guy is a complete Ahole, imo. Watta creep.


14 posted on 11/17/2011 3:21:19 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: bkopto


15 posted on 11/17/2011 3:22:45 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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Gizmodo -- Why Is China Building These Gigantic Structures In the Middle of the Desert?

Gizmodo -- Why Is China Building These Gigantic Structures In the Middle of the Desert?

16 posted on 11/17/2011 3:22:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Fractal Trader

:’)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2809105/posts?page=12#12


17 posted on 11/17/2011 3:27:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Maybe he’s so creepy because he’s an alien himself? :-))


18 posted on 11/17/2011 3:30:58 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Las Vegas Dave

>>>More markings are approximately 13 miles and 18.5 miles West of the following; 40.452107,93.742118 (on google.earth).<<<<

Richard Hoagland will be very, very disappointed that the number 19 doesn’t show up anywhere in that series of figures.


19 posted on 11/17/2011 3:37:22 PM PST by redpoll
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To: bkopto
the satellite cameras they are being used to calibrate have surprisingly poor ground resolution.
Probably because they were "Made in China."
20 posted on 11/17/2011 3:38:30 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Indy Pendance


21 posted on 11/17/2011 4:27:28 PM PST by Iron Munro (Ben Raines For President)
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22 posted on 11/17/2011 4:28:06 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: SunkenCiv
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23 posted on 11/17/2011 4:32:39 PM PST by verity (The Obama Administration is a Criminal Enterprise.)
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To: bkopto
Someone here predicted this two days ago. Modesty prevents me from identifying the person more specifically.

Here's proof.

24 posted on 11/17/2011 5:13:01 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: DManA; Las Vegas Dave

Looks like the work was completed in 2005, between April 13 and May 29. Google Earth has historical imagaery at the coordinates (40.45, 93.74) referenced by Las Vegas Dave.
The April 13 image shows site with trucks and work-in-progress with respect to the resulting pattern. The May 29 image shows site abandonment.


25 posted on 11/17/2011 6:26:16 PM PST by citizenK (freedom from, freedom to be...)
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To: murron
Is that what those damn things are??? Smart phone things like iKotexs or whatever> Keep sseing these goofy little checkerboard thingees and had no clue... Not so unusual for me............

Luckily, my simple little phone can only place and receive calls, so backward I am............

26 posted on 11/17/2011 8:08:35 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: DManA
Our satellite calibration targets are kept in the tool box of a hummer and laid out on a handkerchief when the job is performed..
27 posted on 11/17/2011 8:55:57 PM PST by GingisK
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To: verity

:’)


28 posted on 11/17/2011 9:26:32 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: citizenK; SunkenCiv; All
From the target area (40.452107,93.742118) approximately 13 miles W/NW, @ 281.35 degrees, is a .16 mile square feature with multiple (what appears as) bomb or lazer beam hits approximately 13 to 15 feet in a a somewhat circular diameter.

The 2005 image is a little cleaner, and also shows the hits.

IMO: Chicom lazer beam weaponry.

29 posted on 11/18/2011 1:42:18 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave (The DemocRATic party preys on the ignorant!)
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To: citizenK; SunkenCiv
One more item of note, the blue roofed buildings @ 3,040 feet at a heading of 73.8 degrees from the square target area also appear to be targets.

The 3/6/2007 image shows that one of the roofs has severe damage, the newest image shows more destruction.

30 posted on 11/18/2011 1:54:59 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave (The DemocRATic party preys on the ignorant!)
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To: Iron Munro

LOL!
Great graphic!


31 posted on 11/18/2011 1:37:40 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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