Coyoty (coyoty) wrote,

Sky Clearance Day coming!

20 minutes into the future...

Start buying your metal umbrellas with maximum headroom.  President Bush has ordered the Pentagon to shoot down a failing U.S. spy satellite before it can reenter the atmosphere sometime in early March.   He wants to make sure the bus-sized satellite doesn't hit anyone and contaminate the impact area with its toxic fuel.  Instead, he wants to spread the debris and the fuel across a wider area.  (Yeah... We can do more damage that way.)  I guess the plan is that the smaller debris and fuel would be more likely to burn up before reaching Earth, but he's taking a big risk that it will.  In 1985 the U.S. tested shooting down a satellite and the debris problem prompted both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. to stop testing.  China did a successful test last year, but that satellite was in a much higher orbit, and not already falling.
Tags: bush, destruction, pentagon, satellite, spy
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