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That Time the Moon Nearly Started WWIII and Other Silly Cold War Shenanigans

That Time the Moon Nearly Started WWIII and Other Silly Cold War Shenanigans

But no sooner had it been switched on, alarm bells started to clang as the system immediately went to High Alert. A missile launch had been detected. Reasoning the Soviets wouldn’t launch a massive nuclear strike on their own leader, Slemon called off the alert. On that tense October day, the brand-new, state of the art, $1.2 billion BMEWS system had detected not a swarm of Soviet missiles, but the Moon rising over Norway. Around midnight on the 26th of September, 1983, a Russian Oko early-warning satellite detected a single ballistic missile launch somewhere in the mainland United States, followed soon after by four more.

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