The Bluegill nuclear test of 1962 also proved his theories. Also, an Air Force officer and a Navy officer, sustained retinal burns at a slant range of about 50 km.
As our society becomes more dependent on satellites for communications, data, navigation, news, etc so does our vulnerability to rogue states using nuclear weapons to destroy our satellite systems.
Forget hitting a major US city, take out several satellites and disrupt our economy for a decade.
The speeding electrons trapped in Earth's magnetic field would produce radiation that might disrupt the arming and fusing mechanisms of enemy warheads. When the first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1, detected the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth in January 1958, Christofilos' ideas seemed even more plausible.Wowzo.
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