Mapping Hell From the Stratosphere

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Business is booming at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the government's chief mapmaker, which relies on imagery from spy satellites. Over the past year, we hear, the NGA printed 10.3 million maps

and charts and delivered 12 million images to military and intel agencies. The NGA has also been on a buying spree for commercial imagery, purchasing 126,439 gigabytes since early last year. The images show battlefields in Iraq and nuke sites in North Korea, along with hurricane damage in the Gulf and refugees in Darfur, Sudan. –Dan Gilgoff