The CIA & Cartoon Space Satellite Spy Cameras
We have been conditioned to believe in many things we should not. The imagined James Bond super space spy satellite is a magical eye in the sky that can defy demonstrable physical principle and common sense. The magical spy satellite would be too far away to be of any use. A spy satellite is not like a microscope. The intervening atmosphere, with all the dust and vapor, is a very real problem and would make the spy satellite lens and camera, useless. Aerial perspective is a real and demonstrable phenomena. Objects look bluer and fade as they recede into the distance. A camera lens can't magically avoid aerial perspective. A camera lens has very real physical limits that we must ignore in order to accept the claims of the alphabet agency known as the CIA. The CIA, like the rest of government, is a joke and waste of our hard earned taxed wages. These agencies serve propaganda purposes more so than not.
Satellites are imagined to be a low earth orbit which is on the order of hundreds of miles away from the surface of the planet. Most people do not seem to consider this. The speeds that space agencies have claimed to have achieved are also very fantastic. If it were not for the barrage of propaganda, nobody in their right mind would believe any of the claims of NASA and the rest. As it stands today, too many of us are suffering from a very real form of shared insanity.
How much of this story really makes sense?
The parts that do make sense have to do with the billions of dollars that were supposed to have been spent on "conquering space".
A Point in Time: The Corona Story - 1960's CIA Spy Satellite Educational Documentary - WDTVLIVE42
How Useful is a Camera That is 100 Miles Away & Traveling At A Magical 18,000 MPH?
"A low Earth orbit (LEO) is an orbit around Earth with an altitude between 160 kilometers (99 mi) (orbital period of about 88 minutes), and 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi) (about 127 minutes). Objects below approximately 160 kilometers (99 mi) will experience very rapid orbital decay and altitude loss.
With the exception of the 24 human beings who flew lunar flights in the Apollo program during the four-year period spanning 1968 through 1972, all human spaceflights have taken place in LEO or below. The International Space Station conducts operations in LEO. The altitude record for a human spaceflight in LEO was Gemini 11 with an apogee of 1,374.1 kilometers (853.8 mi). All crewed space stations to date, as well as the majority of satellites, have been in LEO."
"Earth observation satellites and spy satellites use LEO as they are able to see the surface of the Earth more clearly as they are not so far away. They are also able to traverse the surface of the Earth. A majority of artificial satellites are placed in LEO, making one complete revolution around the Earth in about 90 minutes."
(At 41.06 there is a nice shot of a toy model rocket that the CIA claims is real. The proportions and perspective reveal the illusion for what it is. The smoke moves too fast as well.)