Since the launch of sputnik in 1957, amateur astronomers have been tracking the paths of satellites and recording their data for decades. It is estimated that 189 “classified” satellites orbit our earth. Surely being used for reconnaissance, and data gathering, it’s not hard to imagine that these, (as far as our government is concerned) “non- existent” satellites have more sinister applications.
Enter Trevor Paglen, artist-astronomer. With satellite data from “observer clubs” and special software designed to control a motorized tripod to follow the path of the stars (so they are static objects in the photo), you are then able to see the partial orbit of the “classified” satellite. In a recent interview Paglen said, “When you look at the number of satellites, what they’re doing and what they represent, it is really a vision of trying to have the world in your clutches.” All conspiracy theories aside you cant help but feel that “big brother” could actually be watching your every move. Bring on the tin foil hats! Be sure to check out his art show coming to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2009.
More classified information after the jump!
Lacrosse / Onyx II Passing Through Draco
Keyhole / Improved Crystal Optical Reconnaissance Satellite (USA 129) near Scorpio