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The Pentagon
9-11 Terrorist Attacks

An airliner crashed into the Pentagon Tuesday 11 September 2001 as a part of a wider terrorist attack plot; with two other airliners crashing that same day in the two World Trade Center towers in New York and another in Pennsylvannia.

If there is any building that symbolizes American national security, it is the Pentagon -- the massive, five-sided office complex that is the headquarters of the U-S Defense Department. But that symbol was severely tarnished when an airliner commandeered by terrorists slammed into the building -- cutting a path of destruction through a portion of the five-story structure.

Some 24-thousand people work in the Pentagon. Initial reports soon after the terrorist attack said a hijacked American Airlines jet ploughed into the military complex that was under construction. The Pentagon, the White House, and most other government buildings were evacuated, sending thousands of scared federal workers into Washington streets. The capital was in virtual gridlock, with people jamming the roads and police sirens wailing.

The headquarters of the US Defense Department was open for business Tuesday morning but it was anything but business as usual. Thousands of workers returned to the Pentagon. But many found their offices were still considered unsafe. Some have been redirected to other defense department sites in the area while others are sharing space with Pentagon staffers whose offices are open.

Close to half of the famous five-sided structure was cordoned off and fires were still burning. Officials said there were two different fires: one located in the roof of this World War Two era structure. The other involved jet fuel from the airliner that slammed into the building. Some of the specialists brought in to join the hundreds of firefighters on duty are from airport fire units.

IKONOS Imagery

Pentagon Satellite Imagery

Pentagon 9-11 Attack Pictures

Other Pentagon Imagery

BEFORE - 28 Dec 2000
This one-meter resolution satellite image of The Pentagon was collected on Dec. 28, 2000 by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite. Clearly visible are the cars in the parking lot, the Pentagon's renowned five-sided shape, the building's inners rings and five-acre courtyard.
AFTER - 12 Sep 2001
This one-meter resolution satellite image of the Pentagon was collected at 11:46 a.m. EDT on Sept. 12, 2001 by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite. The image shows extensive damage to the western side and interior rings of the multi-ringed building.
AFTER - 20 Nov 2001
This one-meter resolution satellite image of the Pentagon reconstruction progress was collected on Nov. 20, 2001 by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite. An interior section of the Pentagon has been removed so that reconstruction can proceed. A white fluffy cloud is in the full image casting a shadow. This is the third IKONOS satellite image taken of the Pentagon.
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