Have you heard about this one? A USA spy satellite is not functioning properly and we have lost control of it from the ground. The satellite does contain sensitive information and might pose a slight risk to us on the ground. The U.S. Military has been given the order by the President to try and shoot down the falling satellite.
It appears the Navy will take the lead in this operation and some where in the waters a Navy ship will try to send up a rocket or missle to destroy the spy satellite. If successful this should help secure the information on board and will help break up the satellite into smaller pieces, which will pose less of a threat for us on the ground. It’s not sure where the satellite might land as of right now, but it should make contact with the Earth in early March.
Our atmosphere should protect us from this and if we can break the satellite into smaller pieces, most of them would just burn up during their reentry into our atmosphere. It’s an interesting story and the satellite was just launched into space in the 2006 year. I’m sure it cost a lot of pretty pennies to get that satellite into place and this will be good money going down the drain. Hopefully we can identify the problem with the rocket boosters that were equipped on this satellite and make them better for the next satellites we might send to orbit. Apparently these rocket boosters need to be working properly, so we can have control of the satellite from the ground. So just keep an eye out on this story and make sure we are successful in destroying this runaway satellite. It might be wise to try and stay indoors when this satellite does reach the ground in early March.