Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Russia, China challenge US space arms

Russia and China are pushing for a ban on weapons in space at the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament.

The United States is opposing the ban saying it would threaten the deployment of America's missile defense shield. The US also said that the proposed ban would not prevent either Russia or China from developing weapons that could be launched from the ground to destroy satelites in orbit. Last year China tested just such a system - destroying a derelict weather satelite.

The US does not think the Russia/China proposal will be adopted by the conference, but do fear it will turn international support against America's missile shield program.

On a related note, last night I watched a PBS special "Astrospies" that covered the development of US and Soviet spy space stations during the Cold War. If you're interested in the space program, try to catch it, or you can visit the website here.
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