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TD-1 Launch Photo Quicklook

North Korea launched the first medium-range Taepo Dong 1 ballistic missile from the northeastern part of North Korea shortly after noon on 31 August 1998. Subsequently the Korean Central News Agency [KCNA] released what it represented as a photo of the launch. The best available copy is the 301 x 397 pixel sattelite.jpg JPEG file from the KCNA website.

While there are no obvious artifacts indicative of fabrication or manipulation of this image, it does contain several curious features:

Making the not-implausible [though not self-evident] assumption that the sattelite.jpg JPEG image is a true depiction of the TD-1, a few additional observations suggest themselves.

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