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War In Space Isn't Considered Fantasy Anymore

China and Russia's tests of anti-satellite weaponry could be drawing the U.S. closer to a war in space.
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War In Space Isn't Considered Fantasy Anymore

We're arguably closer than ever to war in space. Most satellites orbiting Earth belong to the U.S., China and Russia. And recent tests of anti-satellite weapons don't exactly ease the scare factor. (Video via NASA)

It sounds like science fiction, but the potential for real-life star wars is real enough. It's just not new. (Video via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens)

Fears of battles in space go back to the Cold War and several initiatives, like President Reagan's "Star Wars" missile-defense system. (Video via ABC

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work spoke to Congress in June about the threat. He said during a speech the technology the U.S. developed during the Cold War allows it "to project more power, more precisely, more swiftly, at less cost."

Take a moment to think about everything satellites do. GPS, surveillance and communications all depend on them.

And the Scientific American notes you can disable satellites without missiles. Simply spray-painting lenses or breaking antennas is enough.

President Obama requested $5 billion for space defense in the 2016 fiscal budget.

And a former Air Force officer told the Scientific American most of the U.S.' capabilities in space have been declassified to send a clear message: There are no rules for war in space.

This video includes images from Getty Images.