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US missile hits 'toxic satellite'

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by gkd_uk, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    The US has successfully struck a disabled spy satellite with a missile fired from a warship in waters west of Hawaii, military officials say.
    Operatives had only a 10-second window to hit the satellite - USA 193 - which went out of control shortly after it was launched in December 2006.

    Officials were worried its hydrazine fuel could do harm, but it is not yet known if the fuel tank was destroyed.

    The controversial operation has been criticised by China and Russia.

    On Thursday, China called on the US to provide more information about the mission.

    Russia suspects the operation was a cover to test anti-satellite technology under the US missile defence programme.

    The US denies the operation was a response to an anti-satellite test carried out by China last year, which prompted fears of a space arms race.

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