The Man Who Saved the World

The day the Soviets and the Americans nearly blew each other up,

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This 44-year-old Soviet military officer had to decide if the missile attack from the U.S. was real.
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Petrov followed his gut and saved the world from a nuclear disaster.
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The intensity of a making a split-second decision about using nuclear arms is recreated at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota.
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At the missile site museum, the destructive power of nuclear weapons is evident.
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Stanislav Petrov (left) toured the decommissioned Minuteman missile silo in 2008.
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The hot phone at the Minuteman Launch Control Center.

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