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Pentagon plans to shoot down failing satellite! Could target practice get any better? Man, I hope it happens at night, in the northwest, in clear weather, while I’m awake, need I add more? Oh, how about the story…..

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon, under orders from President Bush, is planning to shoot down a broken spy satellite expected to hit the Earth in early March, the White House said Thursday.

U.S. officials said that the option preferred by the administration will be to fire a missile from a U.S. Navy cruiser, and shoot down the satellite before it enters Earth’s atmosphere.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said that Bush made his decision during the past week and asked experts to come up with a way to destoy the satellite.

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He made the decision to shoot it down because the satellite was carrying the rocket fuel hydrazine, Perino said.

Initally the administration believed that the danger from the falling satellite did not pose a large problem, but decided it was best to shoot it down when experts decided that the unused hydrazine did pose a danger.

Asked about the matter, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said, “We have been looking at ways to mitigate the possible risk to human lives and to demonstrate our continuing commitment to safe and responsible space operations.”

In the next part, it tells the real reason for the shootdown. And this is closer to what I thought when I first heard about this.

One of the main goals of the satellite’s destruction is to prevent any sensitive equipment from falling into the wrong hands.

“We are worried about something showing up on e-Bay,” defense and intelligence expert John Pike said, adding that breaking up the satellite’s pieces lessens the chance that sensitive U.S. technology could wind up in Chinese hands.

“What they have to be worried about is that a souvenir collector is going to find some piece, put it on e-Bay and the Chinese buy it,” said Pike, who is director of the defense research group

“The Chinese and the Russians spend an enormous amount of time trying to steal American technology,” Pike said last week. “To have our most sophisticated radar intelligence satellite — have big pieces of it fall into their hands — would not be our preferred outcome.”

I really don’t know what more the Chinese or Russians could learn from space debris that the Clintons didn’t already sell them while they were in power.
Here’s the rest.


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  1. […] Bob’s Bites wrote an interesting post today on This Is Pretty Cool Stuff!Here’s a quick excerptWASHINGTON — The Pentagon, under orders from President Bush, is planning to shoot down a broken spy satellite expected to hit the Earth in early March, the W hite House said Thursday…. […]

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