Saturday, February 16, 2008

U.S. vows to pay for damage caused by satellite

But what if it hits me in the face?

The United States pledged on Friday to compensate countries if debris lands on their territory from a dying U.S. spy satellite that the Pentagon plans to shoot down.

"Here's $20 bucks, sorry about your house."

Ambassador Christina Rocca said that if efforts fail to strike the satellite with a missile while it is still in space, it was expected to make an "uncontrolled re-entry into the earth's atmosphere on or about March 6".

Mark the calendar and spend the day in your basement, under some bricks.

The satellite is carrying more than 1,000 pounds (454 kg) of hydrazine fuel, and could release much of it as a toxic gas, according to Deputy U.S. National Security Adviser James Jeffrey.

This is going to end badly, I feel it.


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