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Old 02-20-2008, 11:03 PM   #1
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Military says missile hit spy satellite By ROBERT BURNS


WASHINGTON - A missile launched from a Navy ship successfully struck a dying U.S. spy satellite passing 130 miles over the Pacific on Wednesday, a defense official said. Full details were not immediately available. It happened just after 10:30 p.m. EST.

Two officials said the missile was launched successfully. One official, who is close to the process, said it hit the target. He said details on the results were not immediately known.

The goal in this first-of-its-kind mission for the Navy was not just to hit the satellite but to obliterate a tank aboard the spacecraft carrying 1,000 pounds of a toxic fuel called hydrazine.

U.S. officials have said the fuel would pose a potential health hazard to humans if it landed in a populated area. Although the odds of that were small even if the Pentagon had chosen not to try to shoot down the satellite, it was determined that it was worth trying to eliminate even that small chance.

Officials said it might take a day or longer to know for sure if the toxic fuel was blown up.




any body elses cable just go out?
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Old 02-20-2008, 11:06 PM   #2
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This whole scenario is freaky
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Old 02-20-2008, 11:11 PM   #3
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Yeah, I'm not really sure if this deserves a
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Old 02-20-2008, 11:38 PM   #4
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Negative, it just impacted on the surface.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:56 AM   #5
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Poor excuse. Oh, well, might as well have target practice.
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It kind of was target practice, which is why some other countries weren't too happy with it.
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oy. I for one, am glad we have technology/methodologies like this, as scary as it may seem. This missle wasn't made for this. The software was modded over the last couple of weeks by a lot of engineers, and I'm proud to think we have the wherewithall to pull something like this off.
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Negative, it just impacted on the surface.
Stay on target...
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