Sez you. What are you basing your supposition on, km? They successfully shot the baby down. Good on them, I say. What, do you think they were grabbing an excuse to grandstand?<br><br>[color:red]_________________________</font color=red><br>[color:white]Max </font color=white><br>
That's the general opinion, with pretty much everybody but the US saying that's it is a testing and showing off of US muscle. No complaints in Japan, but Japan is America's favorite yes-man.<br><br>We are what we repeatedly do. -Aristotle
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from C|Net<br><br>update: 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.<br><br>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.<br><br>"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."<br><br><br>"Confirmation that the fuel tank has been fragmented should be available within 24 hours," it added.<br><br>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.<br><br>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.<br><br>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.<br><br><br>"if you wish to fear nothing, consider that everything is to be feared." <br><br>[color:red]Libertarian Communist</font color=red>
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General opinion is that there is some invisible dude that created all of us, so I wouldn't ever put credence with general opinion because it's often wrong.<br><br>When satellites re-enter the atmosphere, they do not completely burn up. Anyone who thinks so is a fool. This isn't a grandstanding attempt, nor do I think it was about the fuel as much as it was about the worry of parts turning up in places we didn't want them to turn up.<br><br><br><br><br>Hey I'm an F'n Jerk!®
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I don't think it was a show. I think there was some serious spy sh!t on that thing that they wanted to keep away from any souvenir hunters. I don't think it was about any leaky gas tank. That would have been the first thing to light up when it reached re-enty temps. <br><br><br><br>Don't be too circumspective - you'll end up traveling slower than the speed of life.
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Yep, I agree. What I heard on the radio the other day was that half of it could be expected to survive reentry otherwise. Half of 5000 pounds still amounts to over a ton of metal debris and fuel raining over a two hundred mile swath of the earth. Hmmm, would anyone in their right mind want that? Hmmm, let me get back to you on that...<br><br>[color:red]_________________________</font color=red><br>[color:white]Max </font color=white><br>
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