Jerusalem, AP – Israel is receiving the first high-quality images from a spy satellite designed to track Iran’s nuclear program.
Photos from the satellite published in Israeli newspapers Sunday show vivid images of a dam in Syria and helicopters in Sudan.
The satellite can make out things a little over two-feet long on the ground. An Israeli official says it can also see things as far as 310 miles on either side of its path, meaning it can shoot pictures of the same spot often as it passes over.
Its main job is to keep an eye on Iran’s nuclear program at a time when Tehran is refusing to comply with international demands to halt work that could lead to the development of nuclear weapons.
An official involved with the project declines to say whether the satellite has picked up any images from Iran yet.