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Syria Massacre Captured By Satellite Cameras (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 1, 2012

By Andrea Stone

Syria Massacre

WASHINGTON — New satellite images of the besieged Syrian region of Houla provide stark evidence of last week’s massacre of more than 100 civilians, many of themchildren, believed killed by government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad’s regime.

The before and after photos were taken last Friday and Saturday by DigitalGlobe, a commercial satellite company that provided them exclusively to The Huffington Post. They appear to confirm on-the-ground reports of mass casualties from execution-style killings and shelling of civilians by government troops.

The photos, in the slideshow below, show the village of Taldou, two miles southeast of central Houla.

In one set of images, the city center is seen on the morning of May 25, before the violence began. No unusual activity is obvious.

A second image taken the next day, Saturday, shows what the company said are large crowds massed around the local mosque near the town square. “That was the first tip-off,” said Amy Opperman, a manager in the DigitalGlobe Analysis Center, noting that such crowds are more typical of Friday, the Muslim day of prayer.

The people stand near a line of long, light-colored trenches that are believed to be themass burials photographed by a Reuters photographer on the scene. Analysts compared a clock tower, power lines and other features seen in the photo to confirm the satellite image was a match. Read the rest of this entry »

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US And EU Develop Code Of Conduct For Outer Space

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 19, 2012

The United States and the European Union have joined other nations in committing to an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement on January 17: “A Code of Conduct will help maintain the long-term sustainability, safety, stability, and security of space by establishing guidelines for the responsible use of space,”

“The long-term sustainability of our space environment is at serious risk from space debris and irresponsible actors. Unless the international community addresses these challenges, the environment around our planet will become increasingly hazardous to human spaceflight and satellite systems, which would create damaging consequences for all of us.”

In the statement, Clinton said that the US would not enter into a code of conduct that constrains its national security-related activities in space or its ability to protect the United States and its allies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Satellite Crashes In South-East Asia

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 24, 2011

NASA has confirmed the Roentgen Satellite (ROSAT) has fallen back to earth over South East Asia.

Up to 30 fragments weighing a total of 1.87 tons (1.7 metric tons) could have crashed at 280 mph (450 kph), the German Aerospace Center said.

The Telegraph reports that the satellite fell to earth either east of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Burma, in inland Burma or inland China.

No reports of a fiery inferno or debris have been received, hinting that the satellite must have fallen in the sea, or into a remote unpopulated area.

Discovery news reports that the odds of ROSAT hitting someone were much higher than that of theNASA Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) which fell to earth last month. The high temperature mirror, 81 cm wide and weighing 400 kg, was expected to survive re-entry, whereas UARS broke apart on re-entry.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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