Thursday, February 14, 2008

Navy to Try to Destroy Satellite Before It Hits Earth

President Bush has ordered the Pentagon to to attempt to destroy a disabled 5,000 lb. U.S. spy satellite -- filled with toxic fuel -- that is falling back to Earth. The job must be done just before it re-enters the atmosphere, according to an AP story on US News & World Report. The satellite is expected to hit Earth during the first week of March; the attempt to take out the satellite could come as early as three or four days from now.

This is the first time the U.S. has attempted an interception of this sort.

- Pentagon plans to shoot down disabled satellite Reuters
U.S. Officials Say Broken Satellite Will Be Shot Down New York Times
U.S. Plans to Shoot Down Broken Spy Satellite Washington Post

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