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September 1 2013

The Forgotten Cold War Plan That Put a Ring of Copper Around the Earth


During the summer of 1963, Earth looked a tiny bit like Saturn.

The same year that Martin Luther King, Jr. marched on Washington and Beatlemania was born, the United States launched half a billion whisker-thin copper wires into orbit in an attempt to install a ring around the Earth. It was called Project West Ford, and itís a perfect, if odd, example of the Cold War paranoia and military mentality at work in Americaís early space program.

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