Weird And Mysterious Satellite Photos That Nobody Can Explain Yet

In 2017, over 350 satellites were launched into orbit. They’re used for communication, the observation of the Earth, the observation of space, and other purposes. The first artificial satellite launched—Sputnik 1—was launched in 1957 by the USSR.

In the past 60 years, roughly 7,900 manmade satellites have been launched. True, less than half are currently operational, but what that means is that there are over 1700 operational artificial satellites looking down on our planet. So what are those satellites doing?

Mostly, they’re used to facilitate communication, and they’re largely for commercial use. Militaries around the world use satellites too, of course.

The satellites are also observing the Earth. In fact, surveillance was the point of the first military satellites launched; they captured images using—believe it or not—film cameras.

Nowadays, if a satellite takes a picture of the Earth, it is usually pretty darn clear what is in the image. However, that’s not always the case, and there have been images of the Earth captured that just haven’t been explained yet—at least not fully explained.

1. The Gobi Desert patterns

2. The Snow Saddle of Nepal

 

3. Sandy Island

 

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