How close did the Cold War come to a full-blown ‘space war’?

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Al­though the hyper-ag­gres­sive rhetoric in US Cold War doc­u­ments paints de­vel­op­ment of the where­withal for all-out war as a pri­mary goal, the re­sult­ing space weaponry didn’t ful­fil the fan­tasies. Plus, it soon be­came clear that phys­i­cal space war, with its un­avoid­able yields of dan­ger­ous or­bit­ing de­bris and its dam­age to es­sen­tial civil­ian satel­lites, could just as eas­ily vic­timise the weapons’ wielder as the weapons’ tar­get.

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