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Vela sees the light
Posted on: 4/18/2017 3:01:14 PM

On the night of 22 September 1979, a U.S. Vela satellite, designed and used for spotting nuclear tests, detected a flash that the U.S. Intelligence Community located somewhere in the South Atlantic area. According to the October 1979 findings of a CIA-sponsored panel of well-respected scientists, published today by the National Security Archive, the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies for the first time, the Vela “signals were consistent with detection of a nuclear explosion in the atmosphere.”
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 I tend to believe the explanation that this was a joint Israeli-South African test.


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 (1945-1991) Cold War    
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