No propaganda can hide the stark contrast between South Korea and North Korea as seen from orbit. A buzzing megalopolis and a bright constellation of cities versus a sea of nothingness and a capital that looks miserable despite the fact that it houses 3.26 million people.
According to NASA, "the light emission from Pyongyang is equivalent to the smaller towns in South Korea." It's not a surprise. Each South Korean citizen consumes 10,162 kilowatt hours. In Kim Jong-un's country, that figure is only 739 kilowatt hours. Even baboons and meerkats consume more electricity in Africa.
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The image was acquired on January 30, 2014, by the Expedition 38 crew on board the International Space Station.