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Spy Satellite Images To Be Published

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Posted By Saruman on Monday, November 18 2002

Subject: Spy Satellite Images To Be Published

In a move that has surprised but pleased researchers, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) has released a trove of about 50,000 images snapped during the 1960s, '70s and '80s by two U.S. spy satellites. Historians hope to use the pictures to settle long-standing questions about capabilities and alliances during the Cold War while scientists want to use them to track biological changes on Earth and possibly plot the course of global warming.

"I was very surprised they decided to release them," said Jeffrey Richelson, a researcher with the nonprofit organization National Security Archives and author of the book America's Secret Eyes in Space. "Their release was a bigger secret than the war plan."

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