'What the Satellites Saw': Original Imagery Shows 9/11 Attack Sites

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Maxar Technologies has taken a look back at satellite imagery of the attack sites from IKONOS, “the only high-resolution commercial imagery system in orbit” at that time.

The company said that shortly after the attacks, their team “shifted the tasking” of the satellite in order to “image the affected sites as quickly as possible.”

The Maxar images show the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania. The latter site was where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed as passengers attempted to take control of the plane from its hijackers. A national memorial now stands on the site.

Maxar said the first image, showing the World Trade Center, was captured on September 12, while the other images were captured on September 13 and 15.

More recent images here are from 2019 and 2021, Maxar said. They show One World Trade Center, and the memorial sites and the Pentagon and in Stonycreek Township. Credit: Maxar Technologies via Storyful

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