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Stanislav Petrov

Former USSR Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov was in charge when their early-warning satellite signalled that the US had launched five ballistic missiles at Russia. Petrov was left with a difficult decision to retalliate and potentially start a third world war, or to follow a gut feeling and not trust the defence system.

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  • Petrov was in charge when the USSR's satellite signal reported five ballistic missiles had been fired by the USA. He had to make the decision to retaliate and enter a nuclear war, or distrust the computer system.
    Stanislav Petrov
    1939 -
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    Dr. Carl Schilling
    1871 - 1946
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