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February 21, 2008

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Navy Missile Hits Spy Satellite

A missile launched from a Navy ship struck a dying U.S. spy satellite passing 130 miles over the Pacific on Wednesday, the Pentagon said.
It was not clear whether the operation succeeded in its main goal of destroying a tank aboard the satellite that carried a toxic fuel that U.S. officials said could pose a hazard to humans if it landed in a populated area.

"Confirmation that the fuel tank has been fragmented should be available within 24 hours," the Pentagon said in a written statement.

The USS Lake Erie, armed with an SM-3 missile designed to knock down incoming missiles—not orbiting satellites—launched the attack at 10:26 p.m. EST, according to the Pentagon. It hit the satellite as the spacecraft traveled at more than 17,000 mph.

Because the satellite was orbiting at a relatively low altitude at the time it was hit by the missile, debris will begin to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere immediately, the Pentagon statement said.

"Nearly all of the debris will burn up on re-entry within 24-48 hours and the remaining debris should re-enter within 40 days," it said.

The use of the Navy missile amounted to an unprecedented use of components of the Pentagon's missile defense system, designed to shoot down hostile ballistic missiles in flight—not kill satellites.

The operation was so extraordinary, with such intense international publicity and political ramifications, that Defense Secretary Robert Gates—not a military commander—was to make the final decision to pull the trigger.

The government organized hazardous materials teams, under the code name "Burnt Frost," to be flown to the site of any dangerous or otherwise sensitive debris that might land in the United States or elsewhere.

Also, six federal response groups that are positioned across the country by the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been alerted but not activated, FEMA spokesman James McIntyre said. "These are purely precautionary and preparedness actions only," he said.

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Blogger J_G said...

I'm so darn proud of my sailor pals. Good shootin you squid SOBs

February 20, 2008 9:50 PM  
Blogger Daniel Ruwe said...

Good job, Navy. That is really pretty amazing- they had to hit a satelite about 130 miles up.

February 21, 2008 7:32 AM  
Blogger Rivka said...

I am proud of our men and women AND I am proud of Bush, who ONCE AGAIN did the right thing regardless of the cost to himself politically. He put our safety first as opposed to the left. Has anyone ever wondered what Obama or Clinton might do about this? It was a risk to take politically.

I am going to miss Bush. The tax cuts, keeping our nation safe, freeing Iraq which was a great move for many reasonos, and his veto of the stem cell bill are three of some of the things I am proud of him for, but most important is his resolve to protect us regardless of the political consequences.

February 21, 2008 7:52 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

TAKE THAT CHINA!! AT least our satellite was moving while the Cicoms hit a stationary target.

Reagan would be proud. Star Wars works!

February 21, 2008 8:14 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I'm proud too :-)


Yeah, traveling at 180,000 miles per hour too ha!


I'm going to miss Bush too, he's become like a father has'nt he?


Reagan would be proud :-)

February 21, 2008 1:23 PM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

Absolutely amazing. Actually, your "traveling at 180,000 miles per hour too ha!" is a little high,
it was only traveling typical orbital speed, 18,000 mph. When we consider the velocity and size of both 'vehicles' each traveling 10-20 times faster that a speeding bullet, it is an awesome technical feat!!

February 21, 2008 2:07 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


OoOOoo Touchy lol

Did I accidentely add an extra 0 ?

February 21, 2008 3:23 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

The done good! :)

Of course that's an understatement. That was absolutely fantastic!

February 21, 2008 4:09 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I'm so proud of our Military I am in Awe :-)

February 21, 2008 8:46 PM  

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