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Author Wolverton, Mark, author.

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

Publication Info. New York : The Overlook Press, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  355.0217 WOL    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - Non Fiction  623.451 WOLVERTON    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description 272 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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."--from publisher's description.
Subject Christofilos, Nicholas.
Nuclear weapons -- Testing.
Atomic bomb -- South Atlantic Ocean -- Testing.
Project Argus.
Upper atmosphere -- Research.
Artificial radiation belts.
HISTORY / Military / Nuclear Warfare.
HISTORY / Military / Weapons.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
SCIENCE / History.
ISBN 9781468314175 (hardcover)
1468314173 (hardcover)
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