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Ep. 18, Page 76
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Comic 1272 - Ep. 18, Page 76

23rd Feb 2013, 3:16 AM in Episode 18 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)

Author Notes:

smbhax 23rd Feb 2013, 3:16 AM edit delete
smbhax
Speaking of seismometers and blasts, did you know that both the US and the Soviets had plans to nuke the Moon? True story! You can even read the 1959 Air Force Special Weapons Center report on how best to do it right here.

They never quite made it that far, but they did get up to high-altitude testing on Earth: here's 1962's Starfish Prime test exploding 250 miles over the Pacific as seen at 11 pm in Honolulu:



Good evening for a tan! Radiation from the explosion disabled three satellites, and, along with radiation from similar Soviet tests, formed man-made radiation belts around the globe that ended up crippling seven low-Earth-orbit satellites--1/3rd of the total operating at the time. The belts could still be detected five years later.

Comments:

cattservant 23rd Feb 2013, 3:39 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
Sometimes what appears to be convenient is something else altogether!
smbhax 25th Feb 2013, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
Well we can't live our lives in fear!
moizmad 23rd Feb 2013, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
moizmad
I don't mean "that" charge, I mean, how much is this costing me?
smbhax 25th Feb 2013, 5:26 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
How much have ya got? :D