Midnight In The Desert — missiles

Here’s why putting a missile defense system in space could be a bad idea

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Here’s why putting a missile defense system in space could be a bad idea

A beefed-up missile defense system might seem like a good idea in a time of heightened nuclear tensions. But such enhancements could have dangerous consequences. The current U.S. missile defense system isn’t all it was cracked up to be, performing unreliably in tests, physicist and missile defense expert Laura Grego argued April 14 at a meeting of the American Physical Society. Enhancing the system’s power, however, by building missile defense in space, for example, might put the world on a slippery slope to space warfare, she warned. The worries come against the backdrop of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile...

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Strange Glow Cloud Over Siberia Has a Terrifying Explanation

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Strange Glow Cloud Over Siberia Has a Terrifying Explanation

Good news, doomsday preppers: the high strangeness and military mysteries surrounding the “former” Soviet Union continue to develop. Several Russian social media users and news outlets caught dozens of photos of a mysterious, terrifying glow cloud which was visible all across Siberia on the evening of October 26th. While some eyewitnesses thought the orb had a supernatural origin, it turns out the explanation is a lot more terrifying. In all of the photos and eyewitness reports, the cloud appears to be a large luminous ball in the sky, sometimes blue, sometimes green. The cloud dissipated after several minutes into a...

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US Will Try to Shoot Down an ICBM for 1st Time

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For the first time ever, the US will attempt to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile speeding toward the homeland, the AP reports. The Pentagon has scheduled a test of its Ground-based Midcourse Defense system for next Tuesday.

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Nuke test: Pentagon hopes missile is the message

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Nuke test: Pentagon hopes missile is the message

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California — Like a giant pen stroke in the sky, an unarmed Minuteman 3 nuclear missile roared out of its underground bunker on the California coastline Thursday and soared over the Pacific, inscribing the signature of American power amid growing worry about North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons capable of reaching US soil. When it comes to deterring an attack by North Korea or other potential adversaries, the missile is the message. At 11:01 p.m. PST on Thursday, the Minuteman missile, toting a payload of test instruments rather than a nuclear warhead, leaped into the darkness...

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Russia's New Ballistic Missiles to be Tested on Asteroids

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Russia's New Ballistic Missiles to be Tested on Asteroids

In a shocking announcement, Russian scientists say they want to test improved ballistic missiles on the asteroid Apophis, which is expected to come dangerously close to Earth in 2036. If this doesn’t send chills down your spine, you haven’t read enough science fiction. In a February 11th article in the Russian state-owned news agency TASS, Sabit Saitgarayev, the lead researcher at the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau, says Russian scientists are developing a program to upgrade Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) to destroy near-Earth meteors from 20-50 metres in size. Apophis’ approach in 2036 would be a test for this program. ICBM’s...

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