Space: Dueling Satellites

Soviet scientists and cosmonauts may have left their frustrated U.S. counterparts behind for now, but Kremlin military brass are hardly breathing any easier. American military space technology still far surpasses that of the Soviets. U.S. KH-11 satellites have sent back such detailed photographs of the Soviets' Krasnoyarsk radar site in Siberia that even the recent inspection by U.S. Congressmen added little to what was known. U.S. monitoring systems follow Soviet naval ships around the world and may eventually be able to spot Soviet submarines underwater. U.S. satellites can track mobile Soviet ICBMs, and would be instrumental in verifying Moscow's compliance with...

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