25962586 submission Submission + - Google Maps Mystery Spied in China Desert Solved (foxnews.com) Submitted by Velcroman1 on Thursday November 17, 2011 @12:27PM Velcroman1 writes: Slashdotters read Monday about strange symbols in the Gobi Desert recently imaged and indexed by Google Maps. Alien landing zones? Some military thingy? Bizarre art project? Nope. The grids of zigzagging white lines seen in two of the images — the strangest of the various desert structures — are spy satellite calibration targets, according to one NASA scientist.