In this CSA video CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes the attitude control of the ISS and its importance for things like communication with Earth.

At 00:30 here is about a 2 second vignette of these four identical fixed dish antennas all apparently pointing in the same direction -- in the general direction of the Sun, which would be south if this is in North America.

Are these used to communicate or control the ISS, or is this just commercial stock footage of a cable tv station?

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It's stock footage. Here's the source: https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-3547922-stock-footage-satellite.html?src=search/j9qjEB4D-XcqsNoqfQWZrA:1:4/gg

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    $\begingroup$ OK, so much for my well-researched questions (blush). $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Apr 28, 2017 at 11:41
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    $\begingroup$ I didn't downvote your question. That was someone else. That said, all I had to do was to do a google reverse image search on the image you yourself used in the question. Amusingly, google's best guess for that image is "satellites on the ground." $\endgroup$ Apr 28, 2017 at 11:49
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, the ones at White Sands aren't very photo friendly. As you drive down the road toward them, there are multiple "RESTRICTED FACILITY, AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY" and "PHOTOGRAPHY STRICTLY PROHIBITED" signs starting about five miles from where the dishes actually are. $\endgroup$
    – Tristan
    Apr 28, 2017 at 13:55
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    $\begingroup$ The ground stations used to communicate with the ISS are all in Russia. The US side uses the TDRSS. $\endgroup$ Apr 28, 2017 at 15:58
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    $\begingroup$ Google Maps has them google.com/maps/place/White+Sands+Second+TDRSS+Ground+Terminal/… $\endgroup$ Apr 28, 2017 at 17:23

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