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#1    Saru

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Posted 11 April 2001 - 09:48 PM

I was watching a news program earlier about the US pilots being held in China, and on it they showed an amazingly close up crystal clear photograph of the Spy Plane landed in a field. This had been taken by a US spy satelite, which is really quite impressive.

Given how easy it seems to be to photograph anywhere on the planet from a satelite, it would seem that someone must have done something similar with Area 51.

Does anyone know of any spy satelite photographs of Area51 that have been released on the net ? There's a Russian satelite image on my site in the Area51 section, but it's very hard to make out anything, as it's taken from a great height.

I assume that there must be close up photographs of Area51 - if a spy plane can be photographed landed in a field, there should be similarly clear photographs somewhere of a test aircraft sitting on an Area51 airstrip.

Anyone ever seen anything like that anywhere about ?

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Posted 12 April 2001 - 04:28 AM

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 I've always read about the amazing resolution of spy satellite photo's, but hadn't actually seen any examples of it. I'm suprised that the US would publish an example of what is possible from a satellite, unless there was a point to be made to the Chinese about the quality of our technology. Still, it comes from a military controlled craft that must have cost hundreds of millions of dollars and contain the most advanced equipment. I wouldn't think that there would be alot of examples of its high resolution photo's available on the 'net, much less a close-up of Area 51. I remember seeing other photo's from the Russian satellite on some other sites, but the resolution wasn't any better than what you show, and they had been taken years ago.

  I visited a site a while back that was capable of giving a photographic view of any location in the US when given a specific address. However, the view would be of how an area would look from a distance of three miles up, so there would not be very good resolution. Unfortunately I didn't bookmark the website, so I'm unable to give you its URL. It was either affiliated with a government website, or was a service provided by one of the websites like mapblast.com or mapquest.com.

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Posted 12 April 2001 - 04:06 PM

Gareth,

   This comes from the Art Bell website;

http://www.artbell.com./img/area51a.jpg ( link doesn't work any more )

   According to his information, this is the clearest and closest known photo of Area 51.

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Posted 12 April 2001 - 05:53 PM

Thanks for the photograph link original.gif

The photo I think was taken from a spy plane through a zoom lens when the base was easier to get near to - I think it's actually in the Area51 section of the Encyclopedia's photographs archive.

Here is a close up of the photograph, that a lot of people think shows the surface section of a large underground complex. I'm not sure it's really possible to tell what's underneath from that photograph, however it does show what appear to be hangers and other possible aircraft related buildings.

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I would love to be able to go for a stroll around that place - however the "Trespassers Will Be Shot on site" signs are warning enough.

Have there ever been any records of anyone who has tried to infiltrate Area 51 ? I imagine at least somebody would have attempted to make their way nearer to the base for a closer look, despite the risk of being shot.


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Posted 12 April 2001 - 06:09 PM

Gareth,

   Here's another link for you;

http://terraserver.homeadvisor.msn.com/default.asp

  I don't know what luck you will have, although their sample photo's are quite detailed. I have a terribly slow server and it takes forever for detailed pages to load. If you have a broadband connection, you might beable to get better detail. It mentions something about one of the satellites being off-line currently, so maybe just bookmark the site & refer back to it at a latter date.

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Posted 17 April 2001 - 02:33 PM

Thanks for the link - that site is extremely impressive. The level of detail you can achieve with it is amazing. It's a pitty NASA doesn't make a web site where something similar is available for Mars. They could base it on the maps and photographs they've acquired from Global Surveyor, and they'd likely make a fortune from it.  


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Posted 30 August 2001 - 06:42 AM

Gareth,

 I know this is a pretty old subject anymore, but just in case you were still interested, here is a link to a web site that has real impressive panoramic views of Area 51, shot from several different vantage points;

http://www.desertsecrets.com/bestpan.html

 Don't know if you seen this before, otherwise there are links to other secret military bases, and if you click on the home button, they list various overhead shots of Area 51 I hadn't seen before.

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Posted 30 August 2001 - 04:33 PM

Hey all.  I would like to know something that Saruman had asked, it never was answered, but I would really like to know, because I have looked and looked for the answer, to no avail.

 Has anyone ever penetrated the Area 51 compound?  I would think that someone must have done this, but I cannot find any info on it.  I have seen alot of reports by people that actually stood right beside the old perimeters.  Of course, as you now know, they have purchased all the surrounding acreage that they could, pushing back even further than before, what people could see.
 I think that maybe no one has gone onto the property.  I think the sign scares alot of people.  But, if anyone has any info on it, I sure would like to know.
 Oh, and there are a couple of groups that actually stake out the area, from a distance, of course. They track everyday activity, which is pretty smart, because when you see a pattern, you can actually piece together some form of information, though it might be very vague.  But, I would like to know if someone has dared to go onto the property.  Thanks!!  And, thank you Magikman, for I am sure you will be the one to answer my question.  :-*

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Posted 30 August 2001 - 07:50 PM

Teresa,

      Given the vastness of the area and the incredible amount of security used to insure its impenetrability, I highly doubt that anyone has successfully entered the main base without authorization. I believe the perimeter is now something like 30 miles in any direction, the closet it seems anyone has gotten to the base is 7 miles. In 1957, a private citizen landed his plane at the base and he was held overnight. You can be arrested and fined $600 for trespassing, a pretty stiff fee to pay for taking a ‘chance’. Also, knowing how miserable the government could make your life if you were indeed successful, who would be bold enough to admit to it? All employees and sub-contractors are flown onto the base, so there is very limited ‘ground’ traffic.

  I’m not sure if you’ve seen this web site, it calls itself the ‘official’ Area 51 Research Center. It has many interesting links, plus a couple web cams that cover the sky above Area 51 so you can catch a glimpse of top secret aircraft or possibly even…….gasp…. a UFO! ohmy.gif

http://www.area51researchcenter.com/

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Posted 30 August 2001 - 07:54 PM

Thanks  :-*
I will check it out.


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Posted 10 February 2002 - 03:51 PM

Whoah! Thos panoramas are really great!  :)

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Posted 19 February 2002 - 10:06 PM

Are they packing up and moving out from Area 51?
According to this they *might* be:
http://www.cosmiverse.com/paranormal02190201.html

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Posted 19 February 2002 - 10:13 PM

PS,

 No, the guys story is bogus. Here's an article that gives you a bit more detail;

http://www.sunjournal.com/story.asp?slg=021602worumbo

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Posted 19 February 2002 - 10:28 PM

Magikman - i tok up the challenge at trying to locate area 51 on the terraserver site - but as you can guess it goes all white there :
http://terraserver.homeadvisor.msn.com/ima...mp;Z=11&W=0

Thinking about it logically, spy satelites from the US are hardly gonna show there own secret bases - but it was fun nevertheless.

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Posted 19 February 2002 - 10:30 PM

Forgot to say - anybody got any ideas on what those HUGE circle areas on the ground that you can see in the picture on the above link?

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