Photo: North Korea's big show visible from space

April 26, 2012 - 11:58 AM
North Korea Satellite Photo

FILE - This April 15, 2012 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows a parade held to mark the 100th anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birthday Pyongyang, North Korea. The parade can be seen from the top center of the frame as it makes it way toward Kim Il Sung Square in the lower right hand corner where a large formation of people in red and gold clothing spell out the word "glory" in Korean. The parade culminated with the unveiling of a new long-range missile, though it's not clear how powerful or significant the addition to the North Korean arsenal is. Some analysts suggested it might have been a dummy designed to dupe outside observers. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe, File)

In North Korea, the choreography can be part of the geography.

The country is famous for organizing crowds of thousands of people using colored cards to spell out political slogans and images in stadiums or large squares, and the gathering last week to celebrate the 100th birthday of national founder Kim Il Sung was no different.

This time, however, the spelled out message in a central square in the capital of Pyongyang was big enough to be visible from space.

An April 15 image of a celebration taken by a satellite and distributed by DigitalGlobe shows people in red and gold clothing gathered in Kim Il Sung Square and spelling out the word "glory" in Korean.

The parade culminated with the unveiling of a new missile, although analysts who have studied photos of a half-dozen ominous new North Korean rockets say they were fakes.