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Sources: Satellite to be shot down Thursday

Sources told CNN that the Navy was preparing to shoot down a failed U.S. spy satellite Thursday before it could wreak havoc on Earth.

Sources told CNN that the U.S. Navy was preparing to launch a missile Thursday from an Aegis cruiser to destroy a failed U.S. spy satellite before it has a chance to reenter the Earth's atmosphere. The 5,000 pound satellite that shut down almost immediately after its launch in December 2006 is filled with rocket fuel that could disperse deadly fumes over the size of about two football fields. Plus, U.S. intelligence could be compromised if the satellite was found by another nation.

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