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Soviet nuclear missile launching from its shaft during military exercises during the Cold War. Following the Second World War and the onset of the Cold War, both the USA and the USSR developed a range of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to deliver their nuclear weapons. These missiles, mounted on rockets, were launched from silos like the one shown here. The most powerful had a range of tens of thousands of kilometres, taking the missiles on a partial orbital trajectory into space and then back into the Earth's atmosphere to strike targets on the other side of the world.
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