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    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Navy will likely attempt to shoot down a faulty spy satellite Thursday, the day after the space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to land, two officials told CNN Monday. The officials -- who spoke on condition of anonymity because much of the planning remains classified -- said the idea is to leave as much time as possible so a second attempt could be made if necessary.

    Because the 5,000-pound satellite malfunctioned immediately after launch in December 2006, it has a full tank of fuel. It would likely survive re-entry and disperse potentially deadly fumes over an area the size of two football fields, officials have said.

    The Navy plans to fire at the satellite as it enters Earth's atmosphere at an altitude of about 150 miles.

    Officials want the missile to hit the edge of the atmosphere to ensure debris re-enters and burns up quickly.

    The Missile Defense Agency estimated the cost of a sea-based attempted intercept at $40 million to $60 million.


    Without any intervention, Pentagon officials have said they believe the satellite would come down on its own in early March.

    The option of striking the satellite with a missile launched from an Aegis cruiser was decided upon by President Bush after consultation with several government and military officials and aerospace experts, said Deputy National Security Adviser James Jeffrey.

    NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said there's nothing the military can do to make the outcome worse. "If we miss, nothing changes. If we shoot and barely touch it, the satellite is just barely in orbit" and would still burn up somewhat in the atmosphere, Griffin said.

    "If we shoot and get a direct hit, that's a clean kill and we're in good shape," he added.
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    If we only finished the "STAR WARS" Program in the 80's we could just ZAPPPP it...


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    Quote Originally Posted by brokenarrow View Post
    If we only finished the "STAR WARS" Program in the 80's we could just ZAPPPP it...
    or did we and they do not want to let everyone know we did?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brokenarrow View Post
    If we only finished the "STAR WARS" Program in the 80's we could just ZAPPPP it...
    Ronny was forshadowing afterall??????
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    things wrong:

    1. We condemned China for doing this exact same thing a few months ago and demanded they not do it.

    2. This is actually a test of our Aegis missile systems to strike objects in space, which we haven't tested yet.

    3. If we wanted to we could easily repair or retrieve the damaged sat without much of an issue, we do it all the time.

    4. 40 - 60 million to fire a single missle? wow! - once again, this is a test of the system, hence the 2 shots possible :P

    5. We are making sure everyone knows about it long in advance to ensure they (ie: Russia and Iran) are watching closely and monitoring the sat so they know we can do the same to them.


    Its fairly typical politics... we really aren't very imaginative anymore
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    Quote Originally Posted by bullfiddle View Post
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Navy will likely attempt to shoot down a faulty spy satellite Thursday, the day after the space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to land, two officials told CNN Monday. The officials -- who spoke on condition of anonymity because much of the planning remains classified -- said the idea is to leave as much time as possible so a second attempt could be made if necessary.

    Because the 5,000-pound satellite malfunctioned immediately after launch in December 2006, it has a full tank of fuel. It would likely survive re-entry and disperse potentially deadly fumes over an area the size of two football fields, officials have said.

    The Navy plans to fire at the satellite as it enters Earth's atmosphere at an altitude of about 150 miles.

    Officials want the missile to hit the edge of the atmosphere to ensure debris re-enters and burns up quickly.

    The Missile Defense Agency estimated the cost of a sea-based attempted intercept at $40 million to $60 million.


    Without any intervention, Pentagon officials have said they believe the satellite would come down on its own in early March.

    The option of striking the satellite with a missile launched from an Aegis cruiser was decided upon by President Bush after consultation with several government and military officials and aerospace experts, said Deputy National Security Adviser James Jeffrey.

    NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said there's nothing the military can do to make the outcome worse. "If we miss, nothing changes. If we shoot and barely touch it, the satellite is just barely in orbit" and would still burn up somewhat in the atmosphere, Griffin said.

    "If we shoot and get a direct hit, that's a clean kill and we're in good shape," he added.
    How much is this missle gonna cost???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dredly View Post
    things wrong:

    1. We condemned China for doing this exact same thing a few months ago and demanded they not do it.

    2. This is actually a test of our Aegis missile systems to strike objects in space, which we haven't tested yet.

    3. If we wanted to we could easily repair or retrieve the damaged sat without much of an issue, we do it all the time.

    4. 40 - 60 million to fire a single missle? wow! - once again, this is a test of the system, hence the 2 shots possible :P

    5. We are making sure everyone knows about it long in advance to ensure they (ie: Russia and Iran) are watching closely and monitoring the sat so they know we can do the same to them.


    Its fairly typical politics... we really aren't very imaginative anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dredly View Post
    things wrong:

    1. We condemned China for doing this exact same thing a few months ago and demanded they not do it.

    2. This is actually a test of our Aegis missile systems to strike objects in space, which we haven't tested yet.

    3. If we wanted to we could easily repair or retrieve the damaged sat without much of an issue, we do it all the time.

    4. 40 - 60 million to fire a single missle? wow! - once again, this is a test of the system, hence the 2 shots possible :P

    5. We are making sure everyone knows about it long in advance to ensure they (ie: Russia and Iran) are watching closely and monitoring the sat so they know we can do the same to them.


    Its fairly typical politics... we really aren't very imaginative anymore
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    Quote Originally Posted by bullfiddle View Post
    I knew I could count on ya Dredly...
    well ya know I was just sayin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dredly View Post
    well ya know I was just sayin
    yeah me too...
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    chicken little might not be so far off either.

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    It would suk if they missed the satellite and hit the ISS...
    No wonder they are trying to get the shuttle down ASAP... One less incredibly expensive thing to hit by mistake I guess...

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    Dont we trust our government to shoot big expensive missles into the sky at little tiny hunks of metal? Im sure there won't be any mistakes made
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    I say shoot two or three..
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    I'm not saying they will miss, I'm just glad that they are bringing our boys down from space before they shoot at the satelite. Just in case
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    If the missle misses, what are the chances of it "accidentally" landing on Iran or N. Korea?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slippy View Post
    If the missle misses, what are the chances of it "accidentally" landing on Iran or N. Korea?
    and the missile following it to the ground and accidentally hitting a palace somewhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by bullfiddle View Post
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Navy will likely attempt to shoot down a faulty spy satellite Thursday, the day after the space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to land, two officials told CNN Monday. The officials -- who spoke on condition of anonymity because much of the planning remains classified -- said the idea is to leave as much time as possible so a second attempt could be made if necessary.

    Because the 5,000-pound satellite malfunctioned immediately after launch in December 2006, it has a full tank of fuel. It would likely survive re-entry and disperse potentially deadly fumes over an area the size of two football fields, officials have said.

    The Navy plans to fire at the satellite as it enters Earth's atmosphere at an altitude of about 150 miles.

    Officials want the missile to hit the edge of the atmosphere to ensure debris re-enters and burns up quickly.

    The Missile Defense Agency estimated the cost of a sea-based attempted intercept at $40 million to $60 million.


    Without any intervention, Pentagon officials have said they believe the satellite would come down on its own in early March.

    The option of striking the satellite with a missile launched from an Aegis cruiser was decided upon by President Bush after consultation with several government and military officials and aerospace experts, said Deputy National Security Adviser James Jeffrey.

    NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said there's nothing the military can do to make the outcome worse. "If we miss, nothing changes. If we shoot and barely touch it, the satellite is just barely in orbit" and would still burn up somewhat in the atmosphere, Griffin said.

    "If we shoot and get a direct hit, that's a clean kill and we're in good shape," he added.

    I thougth you were referring to this part, its almost the same pattern that got the U.S. into Iraq, I guess some people never learn

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    Didn't this same thing happen back in the late 70's so everyone just bought hard hats to wear around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SinGin View Post
    Didn't this same thing happen back in the late 70's so everyone just bought hard hats to wear around?
    can i get a FBSA dedal for mine?? Justin???
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