He also told CNN: "You should see constellations that are opposites in the sky". It was reported that he determined the direction of the photos based on the shape of the plumes of smoke coming out of the engine of the rocket.
The ICBM was sacked on a lofted trajectory rather than a minimum energy trajectory, putting more structural stress on the missile's re-entry vehicle but reducing the duration and intensity of temperature-based stresses.
Marco Langbroek, an archaeologist by trade and a space expert who tracks North Korea's missile program, picked up on an issue with pictures of the country's Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile launching on November 29.
But in a bombshell admission the boffin claimed North Korea's closest ally, China, has also tampered with its own photos.
Something was off; to shoot stars, photographers use a longer exposure to more let light in. "They apparently just didn't care enough to do it correctly", Langbroek wrote.
Not all the images appear to be tampered with, Langbroek said.
Crew of 2 aircraft saw a flash, believed to be North Korea's ballistic missile.
Then why did the North Korean government choose to alter the photos?
Defense Secretary James Mattis said he still had confidence in diplomatic efforts to address the North Korea situation, but that the US also has military options available.
As a safety precaution in response to North Korea's unpredictable missile launches, Singapore's flagship airline made the very apt decision to change its flight routes that could potentially pass over the test areas.
That's an important data point that helps experts calculate everything from range to payload. This can be a harder task to achieve at nighttime, when only the stars can give an idea as to the launch location, rather than daytime, when background landmarks offer more clues about the site.
Langbroek said he's not suggesting the launch was staged, just some of images were altered for "aesthetics".
By conducting the launch at night and altering backgrounds, it's possible that Pyongyang was trying to throw everyone off. "That is not the case", Langbroek told CNN.
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