Secret reconnaissance and eavesdropping spacecraft were tapped to aid in the search for three Army soldiers taken prisoner May 12 by Al Qaeda-aligned terrorists in Iraq. The National Reconnaissance Office imaging constellation--four Advanced KH-11s with visible and infrared capabilities and four Lacrosse imaging radar spacecraft--makes a total of 16 passes daily over the Mahmoudiya target area about 20 mi. south of Baghdad. Eavesdropping spacecraft in geosynchronous orbit have been looking ...


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