North Korea Missile Launch Photos Tampered With, Scientist Says

Different In another post Dr Langbroek highlighted that one image has Andromeda in the background and another has Orion

Different In another post Dr Langbroek highlighted that one image has Andromeda in the background and another has Orion

According to the Committee of chiefs of staffs of armed forces of South Korea, the missile launched from the landfill in the North Korean city of Pinson in the province's toll.

North Korea had test-fired what is thought to be its most technologically advanced long-range ballistic missile in the early hours of November 29. "Orion (Southeast) versus Andromeda (Northwest)!" the scientist wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. Hwasong-15, according to North Korean state media, reached an altitude of 4,475 kilometers (2,800 miles), and put the "whole" United States mainland in its range. Langbroek suggested the images may have been composites, because they picture star constellations that should not appear next to each other.

A Japan Airlines spokesman said the cockpit crew of one of its airliners, flying from Tokyo to London, "saw a bright flame falling down" over the sea of Japan.

"In the clean dark sky, you can see flashes from a missile from that long distance", he said.

Langbroek determined the direction of the photo based on the shape of the plumes of smoke coming from the rocket engine.

Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear weapons expert at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, said on his latest podcast his team will use forensic software to lighten the nighttime images for clues. Among the pictures released, one showed not just the stars in the background but also blurry people in the bottom-right corner.

North Korea fired what is believed to be the biggest and most powerful missile in its arsenal that day.

But in picturing the missile as it ascends into the night sky, photographers would have used a fast shutter speed that would not have captured the stars as clearly as they show in the photos.

"I am skeptical about the stars, it's hard to get stars and foreground objects in same pic-is it possible it's photoshop", he said. Early last month, US officials told CNN that the North was developing a new, more advanced ICBM, one potentially superior to the Hwasong-14 ICBM tested twice successfully in July.

"Aesthetics I think. Or just to play with analysts", Langbroek said, answering a question about North Korea's motivation in changing the pictures.

"There certainly were photographs made from different angles, but they added (wrong) star backgrounds to them", Langbroek tweeted.

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