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At a recent meeting between ministry of science and technology officials and Google Earth representatives, it was decided that installations identified by government would be carefully camouflaged. This, it was felt, was better than an outright blackout. Apart from well-known sites like BARC, there are many less prominent ones, and blacking them out would only attract attention to their locations.
Images of these locations will not be of more than 25-50 metre resolution, more like the older generation pictures provided by Indian Remote Sensing satellites. Official sources said Google Earth would distort building plans by adding structures where none existed or masking certain aspects of a facility. This could be done without attracting attention to such establishments, which range from laboratories, mines, military sites, space and atomic centres and residences of high-profile VVIPs.
Originally posted by 4thDoctorWhoFan
Pretty decent job at removing all the man made objects and making it look 'natural'. This is why all the images from Nasa, regarding the Moon and Mars, showing blurred sections of images is NOT an attempt to cover up anything.
Originally posted by goosdawg
But not to put too fine a point on the subject, the images released by NASA in the past did not have this digital "advantage."
When they "airbrushed" an image in the '60's and '70's they actually, physically, airbrushed an image.
They also didn't anticipate the digital revolution in graphic imaging that would make such alterations easy to accomplish, and detect. Nor did they realize the extent of the scrutiny to which their altered images would be subjected as a result of this eventual digital sophistication.