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Singapore Airlines Changes Flight Routes Over N.Korean Missiles

07 Décembre 2017

Singapore Airlines has changed its flight route between the South Korean capital of Seoul and Los Angeles because of North Korean missile tests. According to Dr. Marco Langbroek, Space Situational Awareness consultant at Leiden University in the Netherlands, close inspection of the pictures revealed inconsistencies.

The North released the images showing Hwasong-15, a new intercontinental ballistic missile it claims can reach any target in the continental United States, last Wednesday. "So these two images from the same view point, show dramatically opposite sky areas", the scientist explained in his blog.

It's okay though, apparently other countries do this sort of thing, too. He also posted two other images of the launch taken from opposite directions, but depicting the same constellation in the background.

A Japan Airlines spokesman said the cockpit crew of one of its airliners, flying from Tokyo to London, "saw a bright flame falling down" over the sea of Japan.

"You should see constellations that are opposites in the sky. That is not the case".

Those weren't the only images that appear to have been tampered with. Among the pictures released, one showed not just the stars in the background but also blurry people in the bottom-right corner.

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According to CNN, using longer exposures meant the movement would be captured as a blur.

Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, pointed out to CNN that the stars in the photo looked too clear for a picture capturing a missile's rapid ascent.

"I am skeptical about the stars, it's hard to get stars and foreground objects in same pic-is it possible it's photoshop", McDowell wrote on Twitter as part of a conversation among experts analysing the pictures to confirm the missile launch location and timing.

"Yeah, I think somewhat just wanted to make it pretty".

David C. Wright, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, wrote in a report Tuesday that the Cathay crew most likely had seen the missile's first stage burn out and fall back to earth.

"An ICBM soaring into the stars makes for good propaganda images".

Singapore Airlines Changes Flight Routes Over N.Korean Missiles