Jan 28, 2008

Spy satellite to hit the Earth

A big US spy satellite has gone out of control and is expected to hit Earth some time in late February or March. The satellite weighs about 20,000 pounds (9,072kg) and is the size of a small bus. The satellite contains the rocket fuel hydrazine, a colourless liquid with an ammonia-like odour. It is a toxic chemical and can cause harm to anyone who comes in contact with it.

The White House said that it was monitoring the situation. Spy satellites typically are disposed of through a controlled re-entry into the ocean so that no one else can access the spacecraft. But , this satellite had lost power and propulsion. So it is a big question, how US will handle this!

"We are looking at potential options to mitigate any possible damage this satellite may cause," said Gordon Johndroe, who speaks for the US National Security Council. Link


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