Tiananmen Square: China’s Largest Military Parade, Captured from Space
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the defeat of the Japanese army, China held a celebratory parade on Sept. 3rd in Tiananmen Square, Beijing — the largest military parade the country has ever held. In this image captured by UrtheCast’s Deimos-2 satellite, we get a fascinating look at the square, including 12,000 soldiers, hundreds of tanks, missiles, and planes. Row upon row of military personnel and vehicles can be seen in the image below, lining West Chang’an Avenue, waiting for the parade to begin.
UrtheCast has only begun to deliver same-day broadcast imagery. Even in these early days, this capture is a pristine example of the type of UrtheCast imagery that can be captured and delivered to the media within a matter of hours — similar to the capture and delivery of the Syrian Temple of Bel ruins in Palmyra, taken Monday Aug. 31, 2015.