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Title: North Korea's Still In The Dark, As Photos From Space Show
Post by: Riney on February 26, 2014, 16:02:41 PM
North Korea's Still In The Dark, As Photos From Space Show

by MARK MEMMOTT (http://www.npr.org/people/104192887/mark-memmott)
February 26, 2014 9:54 AM


At Night, North Korea Disappears
Photos from space show that at night, North Korea is a huge, almost completely dark patch between its two prosperous neighbors, South Korea and China.

(http://eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/83000/83182/ISS038-E-038300.jpg)

Pictures really do tell the story about how far behind economically North Korea is compared to its neighbors.
In 2002, as Eyder has said (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/12/19/143960966/kim-jong-ils-legacy-north-korea-is-dark), then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld used a satellite photo to illustrate how in-the-dark the communist nation was.
Twelve years later, a new photo taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=83182)shows that if anything, the differences are even more stark. As NASA says:

 "North Korea is almost completely dark compared to neighboring South Korea and China. The darkened land appears as if it were a patch of water joining the Yellow Sea to the Sea of Japan. Its capital city, Pyongyang, appears like a small island, despite a population of 3.26 million (as of 2008). The light emission from Pyongyang is equivalent to the smaller towns in South Korea."



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