Burning the Sky

Burning the Sky

Operation Argus and the Untold Story of the Cold War Nuclear Tests in Outer Space

Hardback272pp Illustrated226x153mm

9781468314175     Product Code: 513784

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As the Cold War intensified in the late 1950s, an eccentric Greek-American physicist developed a startling idea: to detonate nuclear explosions in space to create a radiation belt that would destroy incoming Soviet missiles. Drawing on newly declassified sources, this book describes the plans for Operation Argus, the New York Times exposé of the project, and the 1963 Test Ban Treaty that prevented high-altitude explosions.

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