In 2015, Israeli TV stations broadcast a satellite picture of what appeared to be an Iranian ICBM poised for launch. But follow-up analysis by researchers at the Middlebury Institute in Monterey, California, found that the giant gray tube, which had sent the country into a tizzy, actually was only a launchpad gantry.  “It did look like a missile, and it did scare a lot of people,” says Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at Middlebury’s Center for ...

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