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Rikers Island, New York, USA

January 25th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Rikers Island is the name of New York City's largest jail facility, as well as the name of the 413.17-acre (1.672 km²) island on which it sits, in the East River between the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx (40°47′28″N, 73°52′58″W), adjacent to the runways of LaGuardia Airport. The jail complex, operated by the New York City Department of Correction, has a budget of $860 million a year, a staff of 10,000 officers and 1,500 civilians to control a yearly inmate population of up to 130,000. The official permanent population of the island, as reported by the United States Census Bureau, was 12,780 as of the 2000 census.

The island is named after Abraham Rycken, a Dutch settler who moved to Long Island in 1638 and whose descendants owned Rikers Island until 1884, when it was sold to the city for $180,000 and has been used as a jail in one form or another ever since.

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“Dwa światy” - (reality show), Wrocław, Poland

January 19th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Artificial village built for "Dwa światy" - (reality show) in Wroclaw, Poland

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Truck terminal, Koroszczyn, Poland

January 14th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Truck terminal in Koroszczyn - eastern part of Poland, near Terespol.

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Mounds in Cracow, Poland

January 14th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Place: Krakus Mound

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There are 4 mounds in Cracow. The biggest one is Pilsudski Mound (in western part of the city). Most famous is Kosciuszko Mound. Unfortunately Pilsudski and Kosciuszko Mounds "are in low resolotion".

Next mound is Krakus Mound in southern part of Cracow.

Fourth - smallest mound is Wanda Mound (8th century).

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Place: Wanda Mound (8th century)


Pelican Bay State Prison, California, USA

January 11th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Pelican Bay State Prison is a California State Prison that houses some of California's most dangerous inmates. It is a "supermax" facility located in the northwestern part of the state near Crescent City, Del Norte County on 275 acres (1.1 km²).

Pelican Bay opened in 1989 principally to house the growing population of maximum-security and high-security risk inmates in the California prison system. The facility is sited in a remote forested area 11 miles from the California-Oregon state line and far from California's major metropolitan areas, 370 miles north of San Francisco and more than 750 miles north of Los Angeles. Originally designed to house 2,550 prisoners, as of 2006, Pelican Bay houses 3,301 prisoners, nearly all of whom are classified as "Level IV" maximum-security.

Pelican Bay's grounds and operations are physically divided. Half of the prison holds Level IV prisoners in a "general population" environment with outside exercise courts. The other half of the prison contains Pelican Bay's best-known feature: an X-shaped cluster of white buildings set apart by electrified fencing and barren ground known as the Security Housing Unit, or SHU. This is a supermax-type control-unit facility where prisoners identified as gang members; prisoners with a history of violence, crimes or serious rules violations within prison; and other prisoners presenting serious management concerns are incarcerated. The Pelican Bay SHU was one of the first such facilities in modern American history explicitly planned and built as a control-unit facility. SHU inmates are held in isolation, 22.5 hours per day in their undecorated cell and one hour alone in a small indoor exercise yard. Radios and TVs are allowed.

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South African Astronomical Observatory and Southern African Large Telescope, Cape Town, South Africa

January 8th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Place: SAAO - South African Astronomical Observatory

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The South African Astronomical Observatory is an observatory located in Sutherland, South Africa 32°22′46″S, 20°48′38.5″E. It is run by South Africa's National Research Foundation and was designed to search for extrasolar planets.

The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is a ~10 metre (~33 feet) diameter optical telescope, located in the semi-desert region of the Karoo, South Africa. It is a facility of the South African Astronomical Observatory, the national optical observatory of South Africa.

SALT is the biggest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, and equal to the largest in the world. It will enable photography and analysis of the radiation from astronomical objects out of reach of northern hemisphere telescopes. It was originally planned to be a copy of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory, but while adapting the construction plans, significant changes were introduced to its design, especially to the secondary mirror assembly. The main driver for these changes were desired improvements to the telescope's field of view.

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National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Virginia, USA

January 8th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is one of the 16 intelligence agencies in the U.S. which designs, builds and operates the reconnaissance satellites of the United States government. It also coordinates collection and analysis of information from airplane and satellite reconnaissance by the military services and the Central Intelligence Agency. It is funded through the National Reconnaissance Program, which is part of the National Foreign Intelligence Program.

The NRO works closely with its intelligence and space partners, which include the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the United States Strategic Command, Naval Research Laboratory and many other high level agencies and organizations. The NRO is responsible for operating Ground Stations around the world which collect and distribute intelligence gathered from reconnaissance satellites.

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

December 28th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a federal agency of the United States Government whose primary function is collection, analysis, and distribution of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) in support of national security. NGA was formerly known as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) and is part of the Department of Defense (DoD), but also has responsibilities to customers outside the DoD. NGA is also a member agency of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

NGA's headquarters are located in Bethesda, Maryland and operates major facilities in the northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis, Missouri areas as well as support and liaison offices worldwide. Its budget and number of employees are secret.

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