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Shock: Soviet Superweapon Attack On Shuttle Almost Started WWIII

• Terrence Aym
New historical evidence has emerged of a shocking incident between the superpowers that almost turned the Cold War into a hot one. Fingers crept toward the nuclear trigger and launch codes prepared when American military and intelligence agencies discovered a U.S. shuttle was under attack by a Soviet superweapon. President Ronald Reagan, fully briefed, considered ordering a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the Russians after he learned that the space shuttle Challenger, still in orbit, had been shot at by a high-energy laser traced back to a mammoth high-tech military complex in the U.S.S.R.

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