Thursday, February 14, 2008

I Have To Say, This Is Really Cool

Remember the bus-sized spy satellite that went dead it space and  started to fall back to earth?  The Navy is going to shoot it down:

The plan is to fire a modified SM-3 interceptor at the satellite, "just prior to it hitting the Earth's atmosphere," Cartwright said.  If the missile connects at that height, the collision would reduce the amount of debris that would be released into space; most of the satellite chunks would likely burn up in the air, within the first 10-15 hours, he noted.  And a hit then would likely "slow the satellite down" so we can "put it in the ocean," Gen. Cartwright added.

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