USA 193 may be shot down

From: Sean Sullivan (
Date: Thu Feb 14 2008 - 17:14:35 UTC

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    From an AP report:  "U.S. officials say the Pentagon is planning to shoot 
    down a broken spy satellite expected to hit the Earth in early March. 
    The Associated Press has learned that the option preferred by the Bush 
    administration will be to fire a missile from a U.S. Navy cruiser, and 
    shoot down the satellite before it enters Earth's atmosphere."
    Well, "turned into a cloud of debris", anyway.  I wonder if the media will 
    be able to distinguish this from China's leaving debris in stable orbits. 
    Also, I wonder how close to re-entry this would be done.  Could be 
    interesting trying to track the debris field afterwards.
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