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Missile strikes ailing U.S. spy satellite

Missile strikes ailing U.S. spy satellite
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February 19, 2008
A missile fired from a Navy ship struck an ailing U.S. spy satellite Wednesday night and probably succeeded in destroying a toxic fuel tank on board.

The SM-3 missile was fired from the USS Lake Erie in the Pacific at about 7:26 PST and collided with the satellite about 130 miles above the ocean, the Pentagon said in a statement.

"Due to the relatively low altitude of the satellite at the time of the engagement, debris will begin to reenter the earth's atmosphere immediately," the statement said. "Nearly all of the debris will burn up on reentry within 24-48 hours and the remaining debris should reenter within 40 days."

"Confirmation that the fuel tank has been fragmented should be available within 24 hours," it added.

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However, the Associated Press cited an unnamed defense official close to the situation who said officials monitoring the operation saw what appeared to be an explosion, apparently from the fuel tank.

The Pentagon announced last week that President Bush had decided the Navy would try to shoot down the satellite before it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere because its fuel tank contained approximately 1,000 pounds of hazardous hydrazine.

However, some countries had expressed doubts about the operation, with some such as Russia characterizing the operation as little more than a thinly veiled arms test.

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AYE, AYE SCOTTY!....
HOW ABOUT BEAMING SOME PICTURES OF THIS MISSILE STRIKE LIVE BACK TO PLANET EARTH VIA IBM'S LOTUS SAMETIME "VIDEO" CONFERENCING!

ALSO, THE GUT FEELING IS THAT THE US NAVY IS RUNNING OS/2 WARP LIKE THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION DOES FOR THEIR SATELLITE LAUNCH PROGRAMS.

END OF TRANSMISSION.....

COMMANDER_SPOCK
Posted by Commander_Spock (3123 comments )
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The Navy is running Windows not Warp
Actually, and this is really scary, a lot of the Navy's "smart ships"
are apparently running on Windows these days. An early version
of the software (Windows for Warships) crippled the USS
Yorktown to the point where it had to be towed back to harbor.

The next time you watch an old war movie like "Sink the
Bismark" think about our ships being "sunk" not by shells from
16 inch guns, but by a malicious email.

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.gcn.com/print/17_17/33727-1.html" target="_newWindow">http://www.gcn.com/print/17_17/33727-1.html</a>
Posted by rcrusoe (1305 comments )
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spam warning, Mr. Spock
Commander Spock's continual posts referencing OS/2 when it has no relavence to the story is nothing short of spam... unsolicited junk.

Please END your transmissions, Commander Spock.
Posted by Seaspray0 (9714 comments )
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Error error error
Right away sir!
Posted by sanenazok (3449 comments )
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pics
cool sit tite end of transmission
Posted by variezn34gm (27 comments )
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Missle Strikes Satellite
Job Well Done, pending damage assessment.
Posted by Fareed17 (312 comments )
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Missle Strikes Satellite
Pending Damage Assessment.
Posted by Fareed17 (312 comments )
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"some such as Russia"... Umm, yeah, and most Americans!!
What on earth do they take us for?? Oh, that's right, SHEEPLE...
Posted by MyRightEye (1284 comments )
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So what?
Of course it was a test and a good one at that. I could care less
what Russia thinks about it.
Posted by sigzero (62 comments )
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hydrazine shower
I suppose you'd prefer the hydrazine to come down on your head?
Posted by bdplaid (21 comments )
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Heh
I know they used to. I set something up at one point using OS/2. I
hope they have migrated off of that by now as that was a good 10
years ago.
Posted by sigzero (62 comments )
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Logical Teachings,Thinking and Solutions!
Why would it not be IBM and their OS/2 Warp when IBM was there when Britain needed them to help with the U2's that were landing in London. Follow the logic teachings like the Russian Space Federation have done.

See: "(RUS) Astronauts Training Complex" and "(RUS) Program and firmware set for servicing of the carrier rockets" here:

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://en.ecomstation.ru/solutions/" target="_newWindow">http://en.ecomstation.ru/solutions/</a>
Posted by Commander_Spock (3123 comments )
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?
What on Gods green Earth are you even talking about?
Posted by mikalg (195 comments )
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What about my Sushi?
Is it safe to eat now?
Posted by anon8mizer (23 comments )
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If it was too dangerous to allow for re-entry
Then why in the hell did they launch it in the first place? Isn't that very irresponsible and reckless?

What would have happened if an explosion during launch happened?

Why don't people ask the obvious questions?
Posted by The_Decider (3097 comments )
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Hey "The_Decider"!
Would it not be even more "irresponsible and reckless" for the "shepherds to go to sleep" and not care too hoot if the "wolves" came at midnight and devoured the flocks. Did you happen to know anyone who worked at the WTC or at the Pentagon prior to 9/11?
Posted by Commander_Spock (3123 comments )
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not irresponsible
it was not irresponsible. that is the fuel that is used for sattelites and its was supposed to burn off while in orbit. But since it lost communication after launch it could not take orders on when to use its fuel.... therefor full fuel tank. it was not designed to reign down on people
Posted by dmbyanks05 (1 comment )
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here is an obvious question for you....
Why would they build the "twin towers" if it was going to be destroyed anyway? 'er trade perhaps?

Are you serious with your question/statement?

I am beginning to really dislike you and your posts. At least it isn't Anti-MS related!
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