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What would happen if Russia detonated a nuclear bomb in space?


“At high power, and with low Earth orbit much more crowded than it was in the 1960s, a nuclear detonation would be utterly devastating, destroying a key component of the global satellite infrastructure,” says Grant Tremblay, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a vice president of the American Astronomical Society.

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Ellen Nakashima, Christian Davenport and Emma Kummer contributed to this report. Graphics editing by Manuel Canales. Design editing by Christian Font. Photo editing by Max Becherer. Editing by Ben Pauker and Kainaaz Amaria. Copy editing by Francis Moody.

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