US to shoot down spy satellite

US to shoot down spy satellite

Summary: This news just in. The Bush administration has decided to attempt to shoot down the failed spy satellite that was due to enter the earth's atmosphere sometime in coming weeks.

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This news just in. The Bush administration has decided to attempt to shoot down the failed spy satellite that was due to enter the earth's atmosphere sometime in coming weeks. I can see why they might want to do this. First, it could reduce the hazard from large chunks of satellite falling on into a populated area. Second, there might be some fear that secret technology could fall into the wrong hands. And third, it would be a great demonstration of the US' anti-satellite capabilities.

All well and good. What if the missile misses? Talk about embarrassing. I just hope somebody gets some good video of the event

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  • Ha ha!

    "The bush administration..." I hope the miniscule "b" was intentional (to match his miniscule intelligence). ;-p
    MGP2
    • I wonder what that says about everyone else

      If He is so dumb, how is it he is getting his agenda accomplished and thwarting the
      democrats almost every step of the way? don't forget they're the majority.

      If he's dumb, what does that make them?

      Even if you don't like the guy, he's beating his opposition at every single turn. Doesn't
      sound like something s dumb person could pull off to me.
      CMKRNL
      • I think you forgot who's president....

        That would be President Cheney following his and former President Bush's agenda. Vice President bush is a talking head.
        MGP2
  • RE: US to shoot down spy satellite

    Is this gonna put even more space junk into orbit? Because it's crowded up there already.
    weberdan@...
    • No, it will not

      It should not put ny more junk up there.

      First of all the satellite already has a decaying orbit, so it's already coming down.

      second, the missile most likely won't have an orbital trajectory

      and lastly, the effects of an impact or explosion will only further destabilize the
      orbit(s) of all involved hardware.
      CMKRNL
  • What I think is interesting . . .

    is what no-one is saying, except as aside - They've known about this satellite for awhile now, but were just going to let it crash into the ocean, or some unpopulated area, like Skylab did.

    But something's changed that is forcing them to shoot the thing so it doesn't hurt anyone. I wonder where the Trajectory would've put it? Must be a BIG populated region to go to this trouble . . .
    JLHenry
  • I think Richard gets a "duh" ! ! !

    " I can see why they might want to do this... there might be some fear that secret technology could fall into the wrong hands."

    After a re-entry thru the atmosphere that would pretty much destroy it? At least as far as recovering a technology...
    Mr_Wizard