Just over 50 years ago, the first satellite was spun into orbit. Space filled us with optimism and awe. But were we just staking out a new war zone? Today, 1000 active satellites are circling the earth. By shutting down a few of them, the infrastructure of an entire country can be paralyzed. For the United States, "full spectrum dominance" — control of land, sea, air and space — is still the goal of some within the Defense Department. Follow the saga of the emerging competition between the major industrial nations to control space.