In celebration of World Photography Day, check out this photo of Mys Shmidta, the location of a bomber base in the former Soviet Union. This image, taken on Aug. 18, 1960, was the first image acquired by the first successful Corona satellite – mission 9009 – using the KH-1 camera.
More current satellite photos shows chaos in Afghanistan.
New satellite images show a chaotic scene Monday at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan as the United States government and its allies worked to withdraw remaining personnel from the country.
With the capital falling under Taliban control on Sunday, Aug. 15, hundreds of people rushed to the airport in hopes of securing a flight out of Afghanistan. Civilians flooded the tarmac, with some reports of deaths as individuals clung to aircraft during takeoff.
New satellite images from commercial provider Maxar Technologies show crowds gathering at the airport at 10:36 a.m. local time on Aug. 16. According to the company, one image shows a Turkish airliner preparing to takeoff while security forces attempt to hold back crowds from the active tarmac, preventing them from blocking flight operations. Other images show traffic jams as people flee to the airport, as well as huge crowds gathered on and around the tarmac.
The Pentagon acknowledged Monday afternoon that flights out of Kabul had been grounded, as the military worked to clear people from the airstrip.
“We’ve certainly seen all the dramatic video coming from the airport today and we obviously don’t want anyone else to get hurt,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters. “So we’re going to work methodically in coming hours to restore a safe and secure environment so that air operations can resume.”
19 August 2021 at 10:37
wonder if the satellite imagery picked up images of the afghani’s turning yellow and raising the white flag within 48hrs of the TB saying they are back.
19 August 2021 at 12:24
Thank you for posting this tribute to “World Photography Day,” Mario! I had no idea such a day had been set aside to honor photography. A couple of hours ago I came up with the title to an article I would like to submit to you for possible posting on the Station HYPO blog on or about the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. I’ll send you an email later today (after getting some sleep) as to what I have in mind for the article. After arising from bed a little over two hours ago, I quickly drafted the title page for that article. That title page has now been posted on the Andrew McKane Facebook page. Within the past 18 hours, I posted a number of documents, all scanned from the Pearl Harbor Attack Hearings published by the GPO in 1946, on the Pearl Harbor McKane Facebook page. Andy McKane, 0223 (Hawaiian time), Thursday, 19 August 2021.