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Soviet Union

4. Soviet Union, 1983
The defense magazine Jane's Defense Weekly published highly classified satellite imagery of a Soviet aircraft carrier under construction at the Nikolaev shipyard on the Black Sea. The images, including this one, were taken by an American KH-11 reconnaissance satellite. Leaked by U.S. naval analyst Samuel Morison, the images gave the general public around the world a first glance at the capability of America's classified reconnaissance satellites. The resolution of this image is about one and a half to three feet per pixel; when the satellite is directly overhead, it can resolve objects four to six inches in diameter.

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