NEWS: The Ethics of Revealing Secrets
The suggestion that the lines were created to be seen from space is dubious at best. An identical claim is often made for the Nazca lines, in the Atacama desert of Peru. Those lines, also, are sometimes said to have been designed to be seen from space (one favored-and thoroughly discredited-theory was that the lines were created for visiting extraterrestrials).
The widely-repeated claim that the Nazca lines can only be seen from the air is simply not true, as I discovered when visited the Nazca plains in 2006. In fact, many of the lines can be seen from nearby hills and mountains-no airplanes or spacecraft needed.
In both cases, just because the lines can be seen from high above does not mean that they were intended to be seen from orbit. Then there are the wild suggestions that the lines are "perfectly executed" (whatever that means), or "metallic" (because only metal can look white from above?).
So what is the strange set of lines? Theories range from UFO landing strips to top-secret weather-controlling weapons to nuclear testing ranges (people living nearby towns might want to know about this).