Robert J. Berger
rberger at ibd.com
Sat Jan 26 05:48:07 PST 2008
Subject: Defunct Spy Satellite containing "hazardous materials"
Falling From Orbit
[Could the "hazardous materials" be plutonium? It has been used to
power space devices in lieu of solar. - Rob]
Defunct Spy Satellite Falling From Orbit
By EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press Writer
Jan 26th, 2008 | WASHINGTON -- A large U.S. spy satellite has lost
power and propulsion and could hit the Earth in late February or
March, government officials said Saturday.
The satellite, which no longer can be controlled, could contain
hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might
come down, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity
because the information is classified as secret.
"Appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation," said
Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council.
"Numerous satellites over the years have come out of orbit and fallen
harmlessly. We are looking at potential options to mitigate any
possible damage this satellite may cause."
He would not comment on whether it is possible for the satellite to be
perhaps shot down by a missile. He said it would be inappropriate to
discuss any specifics at this time.
A senior government official said that lawmakers and other nations are
being kept apprised of the situation.
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