Nuclear missile launch key

Nuclear missile launch key

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Caption: Launching a nuclear missile. Launch key being inserted into a control panel at a strategic missile launch training centre in Russia. Launch keys are used as part of the security protocol on most strategic missile systems. Two operators must each insert their unique launch key simultaneously for the launch to be authorised - the respective panels being too far apart for one person to operate both. This reduces the risk of a single person launching a missile without permission. Photographed at Orenberg, Russia.

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