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Even From Space, North Korea Looks Like a Dark Blotch of Despair

A NASA image released on February 24, 2014 shows a photo taken by the Expedition 38 crew aboard the International Space Station on January 30, 2014 of the night view of the Korean Peninsula.
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The lights are off, but everyone's home

The North Korean capital, Pyongyang, is the one point of light in the middle of a desolate sea of darkness between South Korea, on the right, and China, on the left, in this recent image taken from the International Space Station. The upside: lack of light pollution means that North Koreans must have amazing views of the stars. The downside: pretty much everything else.

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