Marc Bain

Space: China's Display Of Strength

An apparent explosion in space on Jan. 11 resounded loudly on Earth last week after U.S. officials announced that China had successfully conducted its first-ever test of an antisatellite weapon.The test, in which China destroyed one of its own weather satellites with a ballistic missile, brought "expressions of concern" from the United States, Britain, Japan and Australia that it would spark an antisatellite arms race.