I guess it's not classified anymore.

Enlarge / I guess it's not classified anymore. (credit: National Reconnaissance Office?)

President Donald Trump posted a photo today via Twitter of Iran's Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran, showing the damage done to the facility by the explosion of what appears to have been a Safir rocket during launch. The rocket was apparently being used in the attempted launch of Iran's Nahid-1 satellite.

Commercial satellite imagery from Planet Labs made available this morning showed a plume of smoke rising from the space center's launch pad. But the photo posted by President Trump was a much higher-resolution, black and white photo—a resolution that suggested it came from a National Reconnaissance Office satellite.

While the posted photo was obviously not at full resolution—and was partially obscured by the reflection from the flash for the phone camera used to capture it—it showed details clearly at well below a meter's resolution. NRO satellites are known to have a resolution in approximately the tenth of a meter range, like the imagery shared in the Twitter post.

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