While China’s terrible pollution and fireworks in Dubai are visible from space, an entire country was invisible in a picture taken from the International Space Station - the country being none other than the mysterious North Korea.
An ISS expedition captured the night view of the Korean Peninsula on camera (as pictured above) and while South Korea and China are clearly visible, North Korea is almost completely dark when compared with its neighbors.
As if the internet isolation and state media censorship wasn’t enough to intrigue the world community, the fact that North Korea isn’t visible from space has added to the mystery associated with the hermit kingdom.
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"Unlike daylight images, city lights at night illustrate dramatically the relative economic importance of cities, as gauged by relative size," NASA said in a statement.
"North Korea is almost completely dark compared to neighboring South Korea and China. The darkened land appears as if it were a patch of water joining the Yellow Sea to the Sea of Japan.”
NASA stated that unlike its southern twin, 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."
However alarming the news may be, it is still something that can be expected from the mysterious communist state.
Up until last year, even Google maps had nothing more than white expanses of nothingness in the name of North Korea. The only thing labeled was the capital city, Pyongyang.