US Downs Satellite, Awaits Fallout

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Reuters reports on the Pentagon’s announcementthat it successfully intercepted a failing spy satellite last night.There’s no confirmation on whether its toxic fuel tank was destroyed,although an explosion upon the intercepting missile’s impact indicatesthat it was. Also no word yet on the eventual groundfall of thematerial debris. Danger Room’s Noah Shachtman has got a great rundown of the technical challengesof the operation, including the eyebrow-raising tidbit that the finalcommand for the intercept launch was given by Bob Gates himself. Talkabout a high-voltage video gaming experience. WPR has been all over this story, with a solid piece on the diplomatic context of […]


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