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Over time their vision became truly breathtaking: a single weapon capable of wiping out the entire Soviet missile fleet in one spectacular flash of light. The X-ray laser would use a nuclear blast to trigger an array of laser rods that would fire up to 100,000 beams of radiation across space at the speed of light, striking every enemy missile in the air, even as the X-ray laser itself vaporized in a firestorm of nuclear self-destruction. And just in case a single weapon did not do the trick, there would be multiple X-ray lasers, each capable of wiping the skies clean of all enemy missiles in sight.
who are they trying to keep from leaving Earth?