August 12, 2015 | Outer Places
While science fiction fans eagerly await the upcoming new Star Wars movie, a very real war for space may be brewing down here on Earth.
Tensions are reaching new heights between America, Russia, and China over threats to satellites in outer space. Chinese tests of what experts call “ground-based anti-satellite kinetic weapons” began in 2007, but have been occurring as recently as July 23rd of last year. No satellites have been destroyed yet, and Chinese officials state that the tests are only for scientific experimentation and peaceful defense, but is that the whole story? Michael Krepon, an arms-control expert and co-founder of the Stimson Center, says that the Chinese are testing to miss “with the same hostile capability as an end result.”
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