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Prepare to Launch!

by JP Bill / February 14, 2008 11:50 AM PST
Bush orders satellite 'shootdown' due to safety fears.

WASHINGTON ? President George W. Bush decided to make a first-of-its-kind attempt to use a missile to bring down a broken U.S. spy satellite because of the potential danger to people from its rocket fuel, officials said Thursday.

Deputy National Security Adviser James Jeffries, briefing reporters at the Pentagon, did not say when the attempted intercept would be conducted, but the satellite is expected to hit Earth during the first week of March.

?This is all about trying to reduce the danger to human beings,? Mr. Jeffries said.

Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the same briefing that the ?window of opportunity? for such a shootdown, presumably to be launched from a Navy ship, will open in the next three or four days and last for seven or eight days. He did not say whether the Pentagon has decided on an exact launch date.

This is all about trying to reduce the danger to human beings,? Mr. Jeffries said.



Seeing if "we" can do it might be part of the plan also.
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(NT) kill 2 birds with 1 stone
by jimandjerry / February 14, 2008 11:53 AM PST
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kill 1 bird with 1 stone
by JP Bill / February 14, 2008 11:57 AM PST

What if the satellite wasn't going to crash for a few years?

What if they are going to shoot it while it is very near its normal orbit, they want to see if they can hit it like the Chinese hit theirs?

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What if...
by EdH / February 14, 2008 7:48 PM PST
What if the satellite wasn't going to crash for a few years?
...the satellite is expected to hit Earth during the first week of March. If it wasn't going to reenter for a few years there would be no story.

What if they are going to shoot it while it is very near its normal orbit, they want to see if they can hit it like the Chinese hit theirs?
Since they weren't, I'd say it's a moot point.

Paranoid?
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If it were...
by J. Vega / February 15, 2008 12:47 AM PST

If it were in a normal orbit and were blasted into parts, would those parts continue to orbit?

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probably depend on how the blast was done
by James Denison / February 17, 2008 5:54 AM PST
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If the explosion was between it and the earth it would put most of the junk up into a higher orbit, delaying and spreading apart the entry times of the various pieces.

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(NT) As the marshal loads his nine-shooter ...
by drpruner / February 15, 2008 1:07 AM PST
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which 9 shooter?
by James Denison / February 17, 2008 2:45 PM PST
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you don't have to be former KGB head
by WOODS-HICK / February 17, 2008 10:45 AM PST
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to think: "a U.S. plan to shoot down an ailing spy satellite could be used as a cover to test a new space weapon."

how do you say duh in russian........


....."This suggestion is rejected by U.S. officials."

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL16451297

does a white lie become a red lie if it is a national security concern? you see, I like it when a president lies with a purpose that benefits the citizens. there should be more of those lies.


I saw some scientist say today: (paraphrasing) 'if we miss, as long as there is no living thing within two football fields, everything will be a-ok.'


keep the heavy duty no stick tin foil handy.

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