Thursday, February 21, 2008

Pentagon Is Confident Missile Hit Satellite Tank

I can rest easy now knowing that I'm safe from having a satellite fall on me. Now, how are we doing on that other danger, you know, terrorism?

Just hours after a Navy missile interceptor struck a dying spy satellite orbiting 130miles over the Pacific Ocean, a senior military officer expressed high confidence early Thursday that a tank filled with toxic rocket fuel had been breached.

The satellite is about the size of a school bus. If you hit a school bus with a missile, you're pretty much guarenteed to destroy the fuel tank. Now, I understand that a satellite is probably a lot stronger than a school bus since it has to be able to withstand the harshness of space but how strong are our missiles if we can hit this thing and wonder if we breached the fuel tank?

Video of the unusual operation showed the missile leaving a bright trail as it streaked toward the satellite, and then a flash, a fireball, a plume and a cloud as the interceptor, at a minimum, appeared to have found its target, a satellite that went dead shortly after being launched in 2006.

Perhaps when we launch something with toxic gas into outerspace we should make sure it's going to fucking work right. Just to avoid having to play real-life space invaders.

“We’re very confident that we hit the satellite,” said Gen. James E. Cartwright of the Marines, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “We also have a high degree of confidence that we got the tank.”

Well, there was an explosion according to the video so if we didn't hit the satellite, what the fuck exploded?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

question...doesn't everything we send up in space have rocket fuel?
why did we blow the shit out of this one

February 26, 2008 9:55 AM  

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