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1. Poland, 1944
Disturbing as they are, aerial images like this one of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz had no effect on the camp's operations after they were taken, because the photos were collected incidentally as part of bomb-strike imagery of the nearby IG Farben chemical plant. CIA photo interpreters discovered the imagery decades later. Aerial photos like this one were the precursors to far more sophisticated satellite imagery to come.

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