Somebody Ordered Tons of Satellite Photos of China’s Mysterious Structures (Gizmodo)

Why are there hundreds of requests for satellite shots of this China desert locale? Great reporting from Jesus Dias at Gizmodo

Every now and again, I see a story I’d classify as WEIRD science. This is one. Great reporting from Jesus Diaz. I have an excerpt below … but first check out the structures we’re talking about. Why are there so many hundred requests to photograph these via satellite?

Somebody Ordered Tons of Satellite Photographs of China’s Mysterious Structures (Gizmodo)

By Jesus Dias (Gizmodo)

There are lots of explanations for the gigantic structures built in China’s desert. But the most mysterious thing is invisible: according to a former CIA analyst, there’s someonewho has ordered tons of satellite photos of this area since 2004. And the plot thickens.

Allen Thomson, an analyst who used to work for the agency in the field of reconnaissance satellites, has noticed that “starting in 2004, somebody has ordered many, many satellite pictures of it. “You can see the extreme density of these requests if you turn on the DigitalGlobe layer in Google Earth–the satellite has received commands to photograph this area many hundreds of times. Compare that crazy grid of squares to the few images taken of its surroundings. I doubt these orders come from the US military, since … ARTICLE CONTINUES ON Gizmodo.