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Thursday, February 21, 2008
U.S. Navy Missile Successfully Hits Satellite Above Pacific
A missile launched from a Navy ship struck a dying U.S. spy satellite passing 130 miles over the Pacific on Wednesday, the Pentagon said. It was not clear whether the operation succeeded in its main goal of destroying a tank aboard the satellite that carried a toxic fuel that U.S. officials said could pose a hazard to humans if it landed in a populated area.
USS Lake Erie (CG-70)
"Confirmation that the fuel tank has been fragmented should be available within 24 hours," the Pentagon said in a written statement. The USS Lake Erie, armed with an SM-3 missile designed to knock down incoming missiles—not orbiting satellites—launched the attack at 10:26 p.m. EST, according to the Pentagon. It hit the satellite as the spacecraft traveled at more than 17,000 mph.