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The Resource Burning the sky : Operation Argus and the untold story of the Cold War nuclear tests in outer space, Mark Wolverton

Burning the sky : Operation Argus and the untold story of the Cold War nuclear tests in outer space, Mark Wolverton

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Burning the sky : Operation Argus and the untold story of the Cold War nuclear tests in outer space
Title
Burning the sky
Title remainder
Operation Argus and the untold story of the Cold War nuclear tests in outer space
Statement of responsibility
Mark Wolverton
Title variation
Burning the sky : the most dangerous scientific experiment in history
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
After the Soviet Union proved to the US that it possessed an operational intercontinental ballistic missile with the launch of Sputnik in the October 1957, the world watched anxiously as the two superpowers engaged in a game of nuclear one-upmanship. In the midst of this rising tension, Nicholas Christofilos, an eccentric Greek-American physicist, brought forth an outlandish, albeit ingenious, idea to defend the US from a Soviet attack: launching nuclear warheads to detonate in outer space, creating an artificial radiation belt that would fry incoming Soviet ICBMs. Known as Operation Argus, this plan is the most secret and riskiest scientific experiment in history, and classified details of these nuclear tests have been long obscured. In Burning the Sky, Mark Wolverton tells the unknown and controversial story of this scheme to reveal a fascinating narrative that still has powerful resonances today. He chronicles Christofilos's unconventional idea from its inception to execution, when he persuaded the military to carry out the dangerous test - using the entire Earth's atmosphere as a laboratory. Combining his investigation of recently declassified military documents with more than a decade of experience in researching and writing about the science of the Cold War, Wolverton examines the scientific, political, and environmental implications of Argus, as well as that of the atmospheric tests that followed. He also discusses the roles played by physicist James Van Allen and President Eisenhower in the scheme, and how the whistleblowing journalists at The New York Times blew the lid off what was supposed to be America2s ultimate nuclear secret
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contains biographical information
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10745374
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NjBwBT
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Wolverton, Mark
Dewey number
623.4/5119
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Nuclear weapons
  • Atomic bomb
  • Project Argus
  • Atmosphere, Upper
  • Artificial radiation belts
  • Christofilos, Nicholas
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Operation Argus and the untold story of the Cold War nuclear tests in outer space
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Burning the sky : Operation Argus and the untold story of the Cold War nuclear tests in outer space, Mark Wolverton
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1076578125
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
272 pages
Isbn
9781468314175
Lccn
bl2018188616
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations (chiefly color)
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(OCoLC)1076578125
Label
Burning the sky : Operation Argus and the untold story of the Cold War nuclear tests in outer space, Mark Wolverton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1076578125
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
272 pages
Isbn
9781468314175
Lccn
bl2018188616
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1076578125

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