Satellites don't just look out into space--they also focus their "eyes" on the ground, and when they do, they discover surprising secrets. A recent satellite survey of Egypt has identified 17 lost pyramids that have become buried by sand, as well as kore than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements, which were revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.
In BBC News, Frances Cronin quotes Egyptologist Sarah Parcak as saying, "To excavate a pyramid is the dream of every archeologist. We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the 'Aha!' moment was when I could step back and look at everything that we'd found and I couldn't believe we could locate so many sites all over Egypt."
Her team analyzed images from satellites orbiting high above the earth, equipped with cameras so powerful they can identify tiny objects on the Earth's surface. Ancient Egyptians built their houses and structures out of mud brick, which is much denser than the soil that surrounds it, so the shapes of houses, temples and tombs can be seen. Parcak thinks even more antiquities will be discovered, and says, "These are just the sites (close to) the surface. There are many thousands of additional sites that the Nile has covered over with silt. This is just the beginning of this kind of work."
Sometimes the most amazing discoveries can be made right here on the ground--but in a hotel room in Toronto? That's what happened to Whitley Strieber in 1998 when he met the mysterious Master of the Key, who started talking and didn't stop until he had given him huge amounts of wisdom. Whitley checked a lot of this information out and found that it was true and subsequent scientific discoveries have validated EVEN MORE of what MOTKE told Whitley about. Whitley added this new information to the new, revised, UNCENSORED version of The Key--in bookstores now!