Photo was taken from a U-2 spy plane on February 3 as the suspected Chinese "spy balloon" was hovering over the continental US before it was downed with a missile fired from an F-22 fighter jet.
China has refused the offer of a call with the US on the grounds that Washington's decision to shoot down the balloon was "irresponsible".
The North American Aerospace Defense Command detected the "unidentified object", taking it down on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's order.
China accuses US of violating international practice and threatens repercussions after Pentagon shoots down what Beijing says was its "unmanned civilian airship."
Fighter aircraft brought down surveillance balloon over and off the coast of South Carolina, in a mission ordered by President Joe Biden, says Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
China's foreign ministry says that maintaining communication channels at all levels is important and has blamed winds for pushing what it called a civilian airship into US airspace.
Top US diplomat Antony Blinken scraps rare Beijing trip aimed at easing escalating tensions between both global powers after US accuses China of violating its sovereignty.
Pentagon says the balloon is heading east and rejects China claim that it was not for spying.
The announcement comes after US officials said a Chinese spy balloon was found hovering over the western US state of Montana.
One of the places balloon was spotted was Montana, home to one of America's three nuclear missile silo fields at Malmstrom Air Force Base, defence officials say.
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