With a resolution limit of about 10 centimeters, imagery intelligence satellites cannot read license plates or headlines, nor can they see golfballs.
Reading License Plates and Headlines
Imagery collection from some aerial systems, which might readily achieve a resolution of three centimeters, could probably detect a golf ball, and detect but not reliably read the largest full-page headlines of a tabloid newspaper.
A resolution of about one centimeter would reliably read such unusually large headlines but would still fail to resolve license plates or normal headlines.
10 centimeter resolution
3 centimeter resolution
1 centimeter resolution
0.10 centimeter resolution
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Updated Tuesday, December 30, 1997 10:19:25 AM