A Washington Post article alerted me to a new report on Iran by the Institute for Science and International Security, released as a PDF on July 9, 2007. The report shows new tunneling activity near the Natanz nuclear complex on imagery taken by a Digital Globe satellites on June 11, 2007.
It’s great that ISIS is buying brand-new Digital Globe imagery to rush us third-party independent analysis of the continuing nuclear brouhaha in Iran. Last year, a report by ISIS showed new tunneling near another Iranian nuclear complex, near Isfahan. Just like last year, however, this imagery has been made available online in a PDF and not as an overlay on Google Earth. A KML overlay is far more useful, as you can compare before-and-after views yourself:
New roads leading into the mountains south of the Natanz nuclear facility.
Current Digital Globe imagery in Google Earth, without the overlay.
Here, then, is the June 11 2007 imagery as an overlay. (And here is last year’s overlay; download them both for a remarkably good overview of Iran’s nuclear project. Current imagery in Google Earth of the Natanz site itself is more recent than that of last year’s overlay, adding yet another step in the chronology.)