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Eyes on the Skies
Photograph by George Steinmetz

Hundreds of feet beneath the Rocky Mountains, U.S. Army Col. Jon Greer monitors U.S. and Canadian airspace at the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. CMOC is the nerve center of NORAD, a radar and satellite network originally designed to provide early warning of a Soviet bomber attack or nuclear missile launch. "Before 9/11, we were looking outward from North America for threats," says NORAD spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Venable. "Now we look inward as well." The large screen, center top, tracks domestic commercial air traffic, previously not as closely watched by NORAD.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon 8008
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 24mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/2 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: 5 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: A flash was placed to the right of the subject, Jon Greer, to illuminate his face.


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