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Mixed response to Obama space weapons ban

February 5, 2009 | Comment icon 18 comments



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President of the United States Barack Obama has received a mixed reaction to a proposal to ban space based weapons.
US President Barack Obama's recent pledge to seek a ban on space weapons drew a mixed reaction from experts in the field, with some saying the president might be better off pursuing something more modest and less complex, such as a set of international rules governing space operations.Arms control advocates nonetheless applauded the statement as a welcome departure from the space policy stance of former President George W. Bush, who rejected the notion of banning or limiting space weapons via treaty arrangements."


Source: Space.com | Comments (18)


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Comment icon #9 Posted by ToySouljah 14 years ago
America has been trying to test a Nuclear bomb out in space (mainly on the moon) but every time they try it fails because of something unknown I wonder what that would look like from Earth...or rather what the effects would be since it is a vacuum. I would think the intensity would be magnified, but who knows. With our luck they'd detonate too close and knock out a lot of satellites. Do you think the Earth would be affected since nukes are more efficient when detonated above their target area?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Pavot 14 years ago
I wonder what that would look like from Earth...or rather what the effects would be since it is a vacuum. I would think the intensity would be magnified, but who knows. With our luck they'd detonate too close and knock out a lot of satellites. Do you think the Earth would be affected since nukes are more efficient when detonated above their target area? Way too far away from the earth if a Nuke was detonated upon the moon or right above, the moon is too huge and the Kiloton Yield would be a bee fart on a Mountain, way too wee to be knocking Moon out of Earth Orbit although in Actuality the Moo... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Harriet C. 14 years ago
BAN SPACE WEAPONS? When the aliens come, what are we gonna use to fight them???!! Oh, that's really nice. 'Whoah, aliens from another planet and civilisation! KABLAAM!!!! Welcome to Earth!'
Comment icon #12 Posted by ninjadude 14 years ago
When the aliens come, what are we gonna use to fight them???!! You're assuming the aliens have hostile intent.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Xenojjin 14 years ago
BAN SPACE WEAPONS? When the aliens come, what are we gonna use to fight them???!! Nothing either way. Any Extraterrestrial society with the technology to mass instant travel to another planet lightyears away would also have the technology to be able to stomp us flat.
Comment icon #14 Posted by ShadowSot 14 years ago
You're assuming the aliens have hostile intent. It's a fifty fifty bet. As long as Jeff Goldblum is still alive, though, we can just strap him in with Will Smith and a outdated laptop into the secret alien craft and send them to the aliens mothership and he can load a Windows virus into whatever equivalent system to Linux the Aliens have and save us all! Or we can just launch Chuck Norris at them.
Comment icon #15 Posted by expandmymind 14 years ago
would space weapons be lasers? i only ask because i remember reading something in a newspaper a couple of months ago about america having a working laser weapon. they were going to publicly test it by blowing up a plane or something big to show what the bad boy can do. mind you ive not heard anything about it since...
Comment icon #16 Posted by Cleomenes 14 years ago
this is most likely bullsh*t but alot of people have come forward from NASA over the years and have said every time they try to test some kind of bomb in space a UFO shuts it down. once again most likely bullsh*t but America has been trying to test a Nuclear bomb out in space (mainly on the moon) but every time they try it fails because of something unknown America isn't trying to test nuclear weapons in space, and hasn't tried since at least the early 1960's. Doing so would be a gross violation of our treaty obligations. To quote Scarface, whoever is giving you your information is taking you ... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by SpIdErCyDe 14 years ago
It's a fifty fifty bet. As long as Jeff Goldblum is still alive, though, we can just strap him in with Will Smith and a outdated laptop into the secret alien craft and send them to the aliens mothership and he can load a Windows virus into whatever equivalent system to Linux the Aliens have and save us all! Or we can just launch Chuck Norris at them. LOL @ launching Chuck Norris at them. Roundhouse kick back to zeta reticuli, biotches
Comment icon #18 Posted by danielost 14 years ago
Do we really believe that the Russians and Chinese are not working on the development of space weapons? China has already tested one


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