Friday, July 01, 2005
From 1950 to 1980 the space race defined the furthest limits of the Coldwar. The short span of years from 1959 to 1969 saw the most significant advances in manned space technology and politics. Today, the International Space Station is the living legacy of the peaceful outcome of those days.
But there is also a darker side to the history of manned spaceflight: during those years, both the United States and the Soviet Union planned to take warfare into orbit. Few of these stories of the space race have ever come to light. And as the United States is now moving towards re-establishing a significant military presence in orbit, it is interesting to look back at that time... and wonder what might have happened.
Deepcold brings to life yeasterday's visions of the future.