Reminds me of:
How the U.S. Accidentally Nuked Its Own Communications Satellite
http://news.yahoo.com/u-accidentally...161700637.htmlIn 1962 a small spherical satellite weighing about 77 kilograms was launched from Cape Canaveral. Its name was Telstar 1, and it was the first commercial telecommunications satellite—the first of a long line that have led to today's digitally connected world, where television programs and other media are easily accessible at locations across the globe.
By the following February, however, Telstar 1 had been completely fried by energetic electrons from a U.S. high-altitude nuclear test.
Starfish Prime was not one of the brightest moments in American nuclear testing.
"Hey, let's set off a nuclear weapon in space and see what happens! Will it create a new Van Allen radiation belt?" [the answer: yes]
Thanks for sharing.