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September 26, 2018 at 1:36 pm

Hicks in Dispatch | Space Force Would Encourage Weaponizing, Not Exploring

Dr. Kenneth Hicks, portrait

Dr. Kenneth Hicks

Dr. Kenneth Hicks, Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Ohio University, authored a column in the Columbus Dispatch headlined “Space Force would encourage weaponizing, not exploring, space.”

In 1967, several countries, including the United States, signed the Outer Space Treaty, which provided the basic cooperation principles for the human race in space. For example, it prohibited the placement of space-based weapons.

There are good reasons why this treaty should be in place. Without it, there could be an arms race in space, and you can imagine the kind of chaos that would mean. If one nation would want to put a nuclear weapon into orbit, then every other country that has the capability would want an orbiting arsenal, if just to keep even.

Except for the occasional James Bond movie, in which some evil scientist wants to take over the world, it appears that in real life, sanity has prevailed. If the United States had a weapon in orbit, the Chinese or the Russians (or both) probably would know about it and try to destroy it.

Read more of his column in the Columbus Dispatch.




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