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A strange spiral appeared over Norwegian skies Monday morning, prompting wild speculation.  (Source: Rex Features via the Daily Mail)

The spiral was proceeded by a brilliant blue-green trail and followed by a brilliant blue-green beam of light that last several minutes. The event resembled a sighting over China last year.  (Source: Svain-Egil Haugsen via Daily Mail)

A British animators came up with a 3D simulation suggesting a rocket could have at least caused the smoky spiral effect.  (Source: Daily Mail)

Russians later claimed responsibility for the show, claiming it to be caused by a failed intercontinental ballistic missile test launch.  (Source: Knut Anders Karlsen via Daily Mail)

A similar spiral occurred over China last year, which the Russians' story does not fully explain.  (Source: Daily Mail)
Aliens and swamp gas were not involved, says Russia

Observers in northern Norway Wednesday morning witnessed a bizarre spiral appear in the sky at around 7:49 a.m.  They first saw a blue light soar up from over a mountain to a north.  The light then paused in midair and began circling.  Before long, like the closing scene from the Japanese horror film Uzumaki, a massive spiral had filled the air.

Then came a brilliant beam of green-blue light which shot out of the center and lasted 10 to 12 minutes, before suddenly vanishing.  Citizens described the bizarre sighting to be like "like a big fireball that went around, with a great light around it" and "a shooting star that spun around and around". 

Totto Eriksen, from Tromsø, was walking his daughter Amelie to school when he spotted the strange spectacle.  He describes to VG Nett, "It spun and exploded in the sky.  We saw it from the Inner Harbor in Tromsø. It was absolutely fantastic.  It looked like the moon was coming over the mountain, but then came something completely different"

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute was flooding by calls from concerned citizens wonder what a logical explanation of the phenomena might be.  Celebrity astronomer Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard's early guess later proved prophetic.  He postulated, "My first thought was that it was a fireball meteor, but it has lasted far too long.  It may have been a missile in Russia, but I can not guarantee that it is the answer."

A British engineer named Doug Ellison, an animator and multimedia producer for a medical firm in Leicester, jumped in offering a 3D simulation that similarly suggested the bizarre light show was the result of a failed launch.  He made a simulation in 3D Studio Max of a spinning box, which produced a similar spiral trail. 

Mr. Ellison, who runs the forum describes, "Once I saw the photos, and knowing a fair amount about space flight, the cause of the beautiful pattern seemed quite obvious to me.  Trying to explain it in layman's terms is quite hard, so I used some basic animation tools to try and emulate the effect.  I bolted two virtual particle emitters onto a small box - spun the box, then moved it at speed and low and behold, the spiral pattern, and the trail behind, both emerged as a result.  The people in northern Norway are lucky to have been in the right place, at the right time!"

Indeed, on Thursday the Russian newspaper Vedomosti cited a military source as saying the phenomenon was caused by a failed test launch of a intercontinental missile, dubbed Bulava.  Past launches had failed on the first stage, but this launch reportedly went off without a hitch, before experiencing the strange failure on the third stage.

The Russia armed forces initially denied these reports.  However, another source, stationed in Severodvinsk, told newspaper Kommersant that the Russian nuclear sub "Dmitri Donskoy" launched Monday for a program of test launches at sea.  The "Dmitri Donskoy" is reportedly the only sub capable of launching the Bulava missile.

On Thursday, more than 24 hours after the incident Russia decided to take responsibility for the incident.  The Ministry of Defense's press service told ITAR-TSS that the strange show was indeed generated by a third stage failure of the missile.

There are still unexplained details about the event that are sure to excite conspiracy theorists.  First of all the blue-green light would suggest the presence of copper(II) chloride in the rocket flame.  However, copper chloride, while commonly used in pyrotechnics, isn't hasn't traditionally been used in rocket fuel (though it has been reportedly investigated as a catalyst in propellant reactions).  Also strange is that a similar spiral and explosion occurred over China last year, according to the Daily Mail.  If it was indeed the third stage that caused the scene over Norway, and no previous launch had made it past the first stage, it's unclear what might have caused the similar scene in China.

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I wonder if it's a form of countermeasures?
By 91TTZ on 12/11/2009 9:21:24 AM , Rating: 5
If missile designers wanted to reduce the chance of a missile being intercepted by an anti-missile missile, they could design it to spiral when it's in the ascent phase.

RE: I wonder if it's a form of countermeasures?
By chromal on 12/11/2009 11:18:39 AM , Rating: 4
That's my view as well. I don't think what was observed over Norway was an accident; I believe it was a demonstration. What could the spiral be a demonstration of? Countermeasures for a directed-energy anti-ballistic-missile defense system, e.g: tactical laser defense aka US Missile Defense Shield.

Is the action timed to coincide with a) the expiration of the START-I arms treaty b) the ongoing treaty renegociations and c) Obama's visit to Oslo, Norway, for the Nobel peace prize?

If this is an anti-laser countermeasures package demonstration, it's hard to blame them. They were provoked into it by Bush junior's aggressive and questionably-advised withdrawl of the US from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002. Russia could only reasonably conclude we withdrew from the treaty to develop a strategy edge over them, and so they natural proceeded to develop a technical answer to the challenge.

Of course, all of this is conjecture, but this may very well be the new Russian RS-24.

RE: I wonder if it's a form of countermeasures?
By geddarkstorm on 12/11/2009 12:22:34 PM , Rating: 2
That does make a strange amount of sense though. All you need to do to defeat a laser is have some sort of particulate aerosol to scatter the beam. Such a cloud as we see here would also make targeting the missile difficult in the first place. Another missile interceptor could potentially lose its lock of the cloud is hot enough, making it an effective counter measure for those as well.

RE: I wonder if it's a form of countermeasures?
By lco45 on 12/14/2009 12:16:57 AM , Rating: 3
Mind you, that would only help if you're targeting the missile from behind.

I think it would be a pretty tall order to disperse an aerosol mist ahead of a missile doing 4km/s.


RE: I wonder if it's a form of countermeasures?
By MrPoletski on 12/14/2009 10:07:09 AM , Rating: 2
A better idea would be to ionise the air a few metres in front of your missile to a plasma. You'd need a phat power plant to achieve that and a few more tricks up your sleeve that I can't think of, but I bet the Russians already have alreday done it, it's how their aircraft stealth technology works after all.

RE: I wonder if it's a form of countermeasures?
By lco45 on 12/15/2009 5:56:27 PM , Rating: 2
Well, you're only moving the impact point of the anti-missile defense a few metres in front of the missile, which is still too close for something so delicate and so fast.

As for what the Russians may or may not be capable of, we have ZERO chance of knowing, any more than we are all up to date on the current status of US military research.

A great example is the Soviet's VA-111 Shkval torpedo. That was a pretty big surprise to everyone when they revealed that had been around for 30 years or so. That's a torpedo that could do over 500km/h underwater by wrapping itself in cavitated water. If that ain't cool I don't know what is.


By MrPoletski on 12/16/2009 8:58:07 AM , Rating: 2
not true, plasma is opaque to EM radiation, the radio waves will be absorbed, not reflected.

In reality though, a true plasma would be (IMHO) damn near impossible to achieve and I guess it would simply translate into a large amount of radar attenuation.

By Ammohunt on 12/11/2009 1:48:52 PM , Rating: 2
If this is an anti-laser countermeasures package demonstration, it's hard to blame them. They were provoked into it by Bush junior's aggressive and questionably-advised withdrawl of the US from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002.

Different times require different protections the ABM treaty was a coold war relic. Perhaps Russia should have used its infulence on Iran and North Korea to have them change their ways or provide security for that region of the world so that America didn't have to pull out of the ABMT. not to mention Russia hasn't been deemed an enemy of the USA for over 20 years we don't build anti-missle shileds to protect us from Canada why would we for Russia? Now though with the Cold war KGB thugs running the coutry it might be a good idea to re-evaluate our defensive posture towards them(once we get get a real president in 2012)

RE: I wonder if it's a form of countermeasures?
By TheRequiem on 12/13/2009 5:24:02 PM , Rating: 1
Perhaps it may have been, but I truly wonder the effectiveness of such a technique. The counter missile systems launch missiles that travel at a velocity of over 10000 + mph, not to mention the success of the U.S. Missile Shield program since 2001 resulting in hundreds of successful strikes and the system is continually being updated and new missiles are produced basically every year. The technology on the missiles, in theory, could also be programmed to compensate for intercepting "any" diverse traveling objects.

RE: I wonder if it's a form of countermeasures?
By MrPoletski on 12/14/2009 10:10:41 AM , Rating: 2
the US missile shield is a waste of money if you think its to keep the russinas at bay, they probably already have missiles - and aircraft - that can waltz right past it.

If you can't see it, you can't shoot at it, simple as that.

By lco45 on 12/15/2009 6:00:36 PM , Rating: 1
Carl Sagan once said that a missile defense shield might be possible in about 100 years, but the technology to create such as shield would involve weapons so terrible that on-one would bother with ballistic missiles anyway, and instead use the shield technology for attack.

I'm paraphrasing...


RE: I wonder if it's a form of countermeasures?
By Reclaimer77 on 12/11/2009 1:49:51 PM , Rating: 3
Jason Mick, I can't believe you.

Not ONE mention in this article about the REAL story behind this event. That the Russians timed this nuclear missile test at the EXACT time of the Nobel Peace Prize hoopla.

That's the real story here. This was basically a big "F U" from Russia to Obama's goal of world wide nuclear disarmament.

By albus on 12/11/2009 2:21:53 PM , Rating: 3
Russia is busy testing their missiles before the next arms regulations treaty comes up for signing. Another missile - SS-25 Sickle was successfully tested on the same day.

With the Obama administration pressing with arms control agreements, they are looking to test and compile data before treaties are in place

RE: I wonder if it's a form of countermeasures?
By deadrats on 12/11/09, Rating: -1
By lco45 on 12/13/2009 7:03:01 PM , Rating: 2
Well, physics was part of my degree (not that it's relevant) but it seems perfectly plausible to me that a missile could have a spiraling ascent.

My only problem with the missile theory is that this light was visible almost unmoving for over 10 minutes. Sounds more like an energy weapon.

If the freedom of information acts around the world tell us anything it's that we have no idea what weapons are available now.


By MrPoletski on 12/14/2009 10:04:14 AM , Rating: 2
what school did you get your physics degree from? i do have to give you credit however, one gets to read so few truly stupid things in one's life.

I got mine from the University of Manchester in the UK. Don't be so quick to ridicule somebodies assertion, otherwise you might end up looking like the bigger fool.

a missile with a spiral ascent, ROTFLMAO!!!

It is actually quite common for ICBM's (this missile test was a test of an ICBM) to have a spiralled ascent. The reason for this is because flying a missile out into space, sending it around the world then dropping it to earth is a process that requires extreme accuracy. It also requires a lot of fuel. You don't get to accurately fill up an ICBM with the exact right amount of fuel before launch and if it gets to the upper atmopshere with too much fuel then it will too heavy and throw off its trajectory. The quickest and easiest method for dealing with this is to use a spiralled ascent so you burn more fuel and end up with the right weight and hence don't miss your target.

Swinging back around the planet and having a second go at your target is neither practical nor allowed by treaty.

Now as for evading AA missiles... well it would make it more difficult to hit but not substantially. A better countermeasure would be increasing its ascent speed thus reducing your window of opportunity to react to it.

In this case, however, I'd suggest that the missile developed a fuel leak causing the blue spiral, the missile being detonated remotely when it started to look like it was posing a risk to something.

Mind you, the video makes it look more like a jump gate opening from Babylon 5... nooo... don't go to thirdspace

By Cheesew1z69 on 12/11/09, Rating: 0
RE: Well.....
By SiliconJon on 12/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: Well.....
By SiliconJon on 12/11/2009 9:15:31 AM , Rating: 2
quick! throw about a plausible explanation for the sheeple.
- David Anderson, Saint Paul, MN USA, 11/12/2009 08:57

RE: Well.....
By MrBlastman on 12/11/2009 10:16:08 AM , Rating: 4
The explanation is simple. It is a gigantic Russian mind control pinwheel!

"Look into the pinwheel... you are getting sleepy... You will give us all your dumplings capitalist pigs and we will have our Kielbasa with them after they are doused and fried in our butter vats!"

Hehe, that'll teach all those peace prize suckers! They've lost their dumplings now... It might be their borshch next. ;)

RE: Well.....
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: Well.....
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 12/11/09, Rating: 0
RE: Well.....
By randomly on 12/11/2009 9:12:46 AM , Rating: 5
The Bulava missile is a three stage solid fueled submarine launched ICBM.

If the top of the third stage solid fuel motor blew off that is exactly what you would see, a double spiral as the exhaust comes out of both ends of the rocket motor. You can find similar examples in youtube videos of failed US solid fueled missiles.

RE: Well.....
By SiliconJon on 12/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: Well.....
By samlehman on 12/11/2009 9:56:46 AM , Rating: 2
Once the fuel left the rocket, it continued along a straight path. The spiral was a result of the rocket spinning. As the fuel extends, it appears the whole spiral is moving since the fuel is heading away from the rocket while the rocket is spinning.

Take a look at it again and you can clearly see whats going on.

RE: Well.....
By albus on 12/11/2009 12:11:53 PM , Rating: 3
"After the return of the submarine to a naval base, experts examined telemetry returns. The first two stages of the missile operated in normal mode, but a technical failure occurred at the third stage of the flight trajectory.According to telemetry data, the third stage engine was unstable," the defense ministry said, adding that a state commission for design and flight tests will ascertain the cause of the engine failure.

A similar incident happened with a US submarine launched missile. The video can be found on the above link.

RE: Well.....
By SiliconJon on 12/11/2009 2:42:48 PM , Rating: 2
So you're saying that's unspent fuel?

RE: Well.....
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: Well.....
By SiliconJon on 12/11/09, Rating: 0
RE: Well.....
By SiliconJon on 12/11/09, Rating: 0
RE: Well.....
By SiliconJon on 12/11/2009 9:51:46 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Well.....
By NullSubroutine on 12/11/2009 4:47:52 PM , Rating: 2
No, actually the missile is 2 stages of solid rocket fuel and 1 stage (the third) is liquid. All previous tests were fired over Russian Territory from the White Sea to land based target in Kamchatka.

Last I checked, even with the Coriolis effect being calculated in, you would fire a missile East to reach Kamchatka, no West into Norway.

And there was 3-4 exhausts, 2 white and 1-2 blue. And they said it failed 3rd Stage (which should have placed it well over Russian territory by then).

RE: Well.....
By randomly on 12/12/2009 10:43:15 AM , Rating: 2
Your information is wrong.

The third stage is a solid propellant motor.

The Post Boost Control System for MIRVing uses liquid fuel for maneuvering, but all 3 stages of the Booster are solid fueled.

In answer to a previous query about smoke trails hanging there, this is not the case in this situation since this occurred when the rocket was above the atmosphere.

RE: Well.....
By NullSubroutine on 12/12/2009 2:00:09 PM , Rating: 2
I provided a source which says 2 stage solid, 1 stage liquid. If you say it is wrong, provide a source.

RE: Well.....
By randomly on 12/13/2009 1:26:27 AM , Rating: 2
Here's one that even lists the performance data of the individual solid rocket motors that make up the 3 stage boost vehicle.

Liquid fuel is only used on the Post Boost Control System for Mirv targeting. This is the same topology as the R-39 (SS-N-20) which it replaces.

Unfortunately RIA Novosti is as technically sloppy in their reporting as the western press.

By StevoLincolnite on 12/11/2009 8:51:20 AM , Rating: 2
That would have been an awesome sight to wake up to. :)

RE: .
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 12/11/2009 12:54:58 PM , Rating: 3
I wonder how many drug users that were high on LSD or something like that saw this in the sky. Then out of those people how many of them at that moment in time vowed never to use drug again.

Under the correct situation this could change someones life I guess, and would be cool to see and long as no harm was done...

RE: .
By ShaolinSoccer on 12/11/2009 6:23:58 PM , Rating: 1
I don't know why you were rated down, but I thought that was pretty funny.

RE: .
By mindless1 on 12/11/2009 8:47:52 PM , Rating: 3
I think you have it totally backwards. Those who saw it high would think "man, this is some really good sh!t".

RE: .
By FaaR on 12/12/09, Rating: 0
RE: .
By lycium on 12/13/2009 10:41:42 PM , Rating: 2
you sound a bit like hitler

RE: .
By lco45 on 12/14/2009 12:22:07 AM , Rating: 1

1. Pothead <> LSD.
2. Norway was neutral in WW2.


But... but...
By Anoxanmore on 12/11/2009 8:59:58 AM , Rating: 3
I wanted to see some aliums mommy... : - ( T.T

RE: But... but...
By captchaos2 on 12/11/2009 2:17:53 PM , Rating: 2
So this is where the Black Mesa scientists ended up! Are there any reports of headcrabs or Zombies yet?

RE: But... but...
By IcePickFreak on 12/11/2009 3:00:24 PM , Rating: 2
I was sure this was the portal that brought Howard the Duck to Earth. I'm a bit disappointed.

Barium Clouds
By JohnnyCNote on 12/11/2009 10:05:37 AM , Rating: 3
This reminds me of a barium cloud:

They used to appear in the western sky (from Jacksonville, FL) usually just after dusk. This was in the early 70's. They were some sort of test that involved the use of missiles emitting "barium" into the atmosphere.

If memory serves, they would have been launched from Eglin AFB. This would explain their appearance in the western sky when viewed from Jacksonville, FL . . .

RE: Barium Clouds
By ShaolinSoccer on 12/11/2009 6:28:16 PM , Rating: 2
ever seen this video? seems to be in the early morning just like the Norway missile.

RE: Barium Clouds
By JohnnyCNote on 12/12/2009 4:40:57 AM , Rating: 2
Definitely interesting . . .

Compare the photos.
By JediJeb on 12/11/2009 1:15:51 PM , Rating: 2
Are the first two photos supposed to be of this same occurance. Its funny how one is a double spiral and the other is a single spiral.

RE: Compare the photos.
By Slyne on 12/11/2009 4:45:52 PM , Rating: 2
I think it can be explained by different timings and exposures

RE: Compare the photos.
By lco45 on 12/14/2009 12:24:33 AM , Rating: 2
Except there was video footage (check youtube) and it lasted 10 minutes and was seen by hundreds of people.


By Nubsicles on 12/11/2009 9:37:37 AM , Rating: 5
I was there - and I didn't see any rocket...

What I did see what a floodlamp leading you to the best strip club in Norway.

True Story.

lol, that photo
By Spivonious on 12/11/2009 9:53:15 AM , Rating: 1
Are we supposed to believe that the first photo is not a very lame photoshop?

RE: lol, that photo
By ShaolinSoccer on 12/11/2009 6:34:16 PM , Rating: 3
no, you're supposed to know more about over exposure photography...

Typical misinformation
By lewislink on 12/13/2009 11:01:17 PM , Rating: 1
Russia trying to ward off the actual truth of the occurrence by giving some bullshit story about it being a rocket. Just typical. The friggin governments of the world continuing to maintain the friggin secrecy about UFOs. When will the shit end?

You see, the governments of the world know how belief in humanity functions. They know that if a large enough populous believes something, it happens. It's the same reason for needing the will of the people for any war effort to succeed.

The friggin governments know that if the majority of the populous truly believes in extra terrestrials, they will present themselves to us. That scares governments because powers stronger than they would be present. Powers that they wouldn't be able to control. Powers that might be inclined to side with and help the people of Earth...protecting us from our oppressive rule. That, the government can't stand. For us all to be free and happy is an affront to the governments.

RE: Typical misinformation
By lco45 on 12/14/2009 12:28:21 AM , Rating: 3
Price check on tin foil, aisle 6.


By wwwcd on 12/11/2009 8:51:46 AM , Rating: 3

By Beavermatic on 12/13/2009 8:51:46 PM , Rating: 3
...because the ONLY thing it could be is a slug trail from the railgun.

Daily Mail?
By TMV192 on 12/11/2009 9:21:44 AM , Rating: 2
The same one that has a habit of making up stories?

Latte art?
By SublimeSimplicity on 12/11/2009 10:09:32 AM , Rating: 2
Someone has taken their love for Latte Art way too far.

By slashbinslashbash on 12/11/2009 12:14:18 PM , Rating: 2
By iFX on 12/11/2009 12:27:31 PM , Rating: 2
Don't you people know a rail gun when you see it!

By mindless1 on 12/11/2009 8:49:25 PM , Rating: 2
So now we know where that LHC portal is!

By SiliconJon on 12/12/2009 1:17:35 AM , Rating: 2
i UNDerstand the situation

New super-hero signal?
By danielgarciaromero on 12/12/2009 11:43:54 AM , Rating: 2
Incoming call from Batman:
Batman - Hi Lion-O, is that the new eye of Thundera?
Lion-O - Lolwut?

darn it
By spepper on 12/12/2009 9:28:04 PM , Rating: 2
darn it-- I was hoping it was the mothership returning to pick up all of the Algorians from the planet Hotair who are currently on the loose in Copenhagen, Denmark......

By AstroGuardian on 12/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: Hoaks
By geddarkstorm on 12/11/2009 12:19:29 PM , Rating: 3
It is real. and (which has a gallery of pictures of it from other angles and times, to give you a better sense of what went on).

"Weird" things happen in life, get over it :P.

RE: Hoaks
By ShaolinSoccer on 12/11/2009 6:51:40 PM , Rating: 1
Thousands of people saw it and you're calling it a myth?

RE: Hoaks
By lco45 on 12/14/2009 12:39:20 AM , Rating: 2
People can bring themselves to believe or disbelieve almost anything.

I worked with a woman who actually believed in "mirages", and I'm not talking about heat hazes, she actually firmly believed that there were magical places that would appear in the desert.

It is one crazy world we live on.


ICBM Testing?
By GeekWithFire on 12/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: ICBM Testing?
By Redwin on 12/11/2009 9:42:32 AM , Rating: 5
You do realize russia has had fully functioning ICBM's for over 50 years now, right?

I'm relatively certain they won't be selling any to Iran, but even if they did want to, its not like they would need to run tests to do it; nor is it likely they would sell any of the brand new cutting edge classified technology they are testing to anyone.

RE: ICBM Testing?
By Pneumothorax on 12/11/2009 10:11:56 AM , Rating: 2
The sad things is we've basically stopped ICBM development and even regressed with the loss of the kick-ass MIRV Peacekeeper missile. Why is it we always get the raw deal on these "treaties?" Meaning, while we decide to abide in halting development, the Ruskies get free reign to upgrade theirs...

RE: ICBM Testing?
By MrBlastman on 12/11/2009 10:24:04 AM , Rating: 2
Because our network of GPS satellites are actually a network of hyper-collimators which will jointly combine to form a mega deathray in any location of the world! Nobody is safe from us now... not even when you're in your car on that cell phone, hiking in the mountains or sleeping around town with your harem. All your lives... belong to U.S. :)

RE: ICBM Testing?
By HotFoot on 12/11/2009 10:37:45 AM , Rating: 3
The U.S. test-fires SLBMs on a regular basis. It seems like a business-as-usual explanation.

RE: ICBM Testing?
By chromal on 12/11/2009 11:23:40 AM , Rating: 5
Well, that's a somewhat incomplete description of recent US-Russian treaty history. After all, it was we (well, Bush junior) who withdrew us from the 1972 'Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty' in 2002. The Russians were left with the (correct) impression that we were seeking to further shift the balance of power by designing and deploying systems intended to make their strategic weapons ineffective in a ring around their airspace.

The US and Russia also signed the START-I arms reduction treaty. That was slanted in our favor as the Russians had a large stockpile at that time than ours, and the treaty reduced both by to similar numbers. The START-I treaty expired on Dec 5th, 2009, and allowed Russia the legal full deployment of their new RS-24 ICBM, designed to penetrate the US's missile shield technology...

As I theorize in another comment here, we may have witnessed the Russian answer to US missile shield technologies, specifically, an anti-laser countermeasures package.

RE: ICBM Testing?
By roostitup on 12/11/2009 11:27:17 AM , Rating: 1
Or, Russia tested a ballistic missile and the US responded by blasting it down with our laser defense system. Obviously Russia wouldn't want to admit that their test missiles are being shot down, so they play it off as successful test. The US wouldn't want to brag about it because of possible negative reactions from the public.

RE: ICBM Testing?
By captchaos2 on 12/12/2009 9:58:10 PM , Rating: 2
Actually this looks like some kind of a high power blue microwave beam affecting particles in the air. It could be a new kind of weapon, especially if China has tested the same thing there.

RE: ICBM Testing?
By albus on 12/11/2009 12:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
The US has been sharing SLBMs with the UK for decades. The Trident missiles on British SSBNs are loaded at King's Bay, Georgia.

For those who say UK is a more responsible country, first ask the citizens of South Africa, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq...

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