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Errant Satellite To Kill Us All

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Posted January 28, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

What are you up to for the next month? Just hanging out? Playing Carnival Games on the Wii? Well, better make it count, buddy.

A U.S. spy satellite has lost power and will be plunging to earth sometime at the end of February through March. Even more awesome: It could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down! So it could be on top of your damn head! It weighs 20,000 pounds and is the size of a small bus, so ouch, right?

"Appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation," said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council. "Numerous satellites over the years have come out of orbit and fallen harmlessly. We are looking at potential options to mitigate any possible damage this satellite may cause." How's that for reassuring?

In spite of our earlier hyperbole, the satellite probably won't destroy us all, but the government's concern is over the secrets it may (or may not) contain. Usually, when spy satellite come down, they are directed to come down in the ocean so no one can get at their secrets. This satellite, though: Totally out-of-control!

Yahoo!: Disabled spy satellite threatens Earth

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