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Published On: Wed, Feb 26th, 2014

North Korea from space: Witness the darkness that’s the Hermit Kingdom

A photograph of the Korean Peninsula at night taken by the astronauts at the International Space Station shows the darkness of the Hermit Kingdom.

The picture (below), taken on Jan. 30, 2014, show the shining lights of South Korea (bottom right) and China (upper left) with an unusual area of darkness separating the two countries.   That darkness is none other than Kim Jong Un’s North Korea. The darkened land appears as if it were a patch of water joining the Yellow Sea to the Sea of Japan.

The little spot of light, looking like a dim star in the darkness is the light’s of the capital of Pyongyang, a city of 3 million.

Image/NASA

Image/NASA  Jan. 30 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NASA compares the light from Pyongyang to the light emitted from  smaller towns in South Korea.

NASA talks about the coastlines in a statement accompanying the photo:

Coastlines are often very apparent in night imagery, as shown by South Korea’s eastern shoreline. But the coast of North Korea is difficult to detect. These differences are illustrated in per capita power consumption in the two countries, with South Korea at 10,162 kilowatt hours and North Korea at 739 kilowatt hours.

The LA Times reminds us of Laura Ling, a journalist who was imprisoned in North Korea, wrote about the nation and creeping change in 2012 in the L.A. Times. She noted that North Korea was as “isolated and backward” as South Korea was “wired and technologically advanced.” The average North Korean, she said, has no knowledge of YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.

Related story: North Korea’s Hung Il Gong Is The First Ever Man (Boy) To Land On The Sun: Satire At It’s Best

Not much has changed in two years.

A NASA photo from Sept. 24, 2012 reveals exactly the same light emission, or lack of, in the Hermit Kingdom despite Kim Jong Un’s recent boasts of world-class development projects.

NASA photo Sep 24, 2012

NASA photo Sep 24, 2012

 

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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