“The world risks sleep-walking into a space war” – reports the Times of London
Cosmos 2543 is a Russian satellite 600 km above the earth. For months the US has tracked 2543 because its actions raised alarm in Washington when it moved close to an American spy satellite.
On July 15 US suspicions were confirmed when 2543 fired a projectile out across space. 2543 was no ordinary satellite – it was a potential ‘killer’. In October 1957 Sputnik 1 circled the earth for three weeks reminding the entire World of the technological power of the Soviet Union.