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#124602 - 02/21/08 02:56 AM Shot fired and a hit on the satellite according to
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intial reports

http://www.cnn.com/


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#124610 - 02/21/08 03:35 AM Re: Shot fired and a hit on the satellite according to [Re: Blitz]
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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,331591,00.html


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#124629 - 02/21/08 07:10 AM Re: Shot fired and a hit on the satellite according to [Re: Blitz]
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Reagan's SDI (Star Wars) finally realized...24 years gone by.

http://www.fas.org/spp/starwars/road.pdf

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#124636 - 02/21/08 12:27 PM Re: Shot fired and a hit on the satellite according to [Re: GarlyDog]
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Thats pretty cool Gdog thanks.

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#124640 - 02/21/08 12:57 PM Re: Shot fired and a hit on the satellite according to [Re: Blitz]
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Great, we can shoot down satellites. I wonder how long before other, less than friendly, countries can do it also? Think comm sats, those neat ones that make our GPS's work, etc...
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#124643 - 02/21/08 01:26 PM Re: Shot fired and a hit on the satellite according to [Re: OldBaldGuy]
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Those Satellites make their GPS's work too.

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#124647 - 02/21/08 01:33 PM Re: Shot fired and a hit on the satellite according to [Re: OldBaldGuy]
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Originally Posted By: OldBaldGuy
Great, we can shoot down satellites. I wonder how long before other, less than friendly, countries can do it also? Think comm sats, those neat ones that make our GPS's work, etc...


China did it last year. BTW thats why I carry a compass.

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#124724 - 02/21/08 08:32 PM Re: Shot fired and a hit on the satellite according to [Re: Blitz]
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LOL.

Fairly recently the Chinese shot one of their satellites. And a mighty gasp was heard within the US about how the Chinese were going to stage a 'Pearl Harbor on the Hight Frontier'. What got missed was the many developments and tests the US had been doing along the same lines.

The unwritten logic was: US developments are 'good' and in the service of peace' but the Chinese efforts are a 'threat to world peace and US security'. Silly.

Now this administration has, at considerable cost (one estimate was $1 Billion), deigned to shoot at one of our satellites. The experts on such things pointed out that the whole 'hydrazine risk' story was canard. The odds of a hydrazine tank surviving reentry are slim to none. Assuming it made it down at least partly intact the risk was minimal, contamination of an estimated two football fields.

Which means that for purely symbolic reasons, demonstrating we can, we have spent most of a Billion dollars for no practical effect.

Maybe it is just me but this smacks of the psychology of insecure adolescent boys. A need to 'prove themselves' and an immature inability to restrain themselves that drives them to do outlandish inappropriate acts simply because 'they can'. Regardless of the consequences.

Again, maybe it is just me but I keep getting the feeling this administration needs adult supervision.

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#124731 - 02/21/08 08:52 PM Re: Shot fired and a hit on the satellite according to [Re: Art_in_FL]
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Originally Posted By: Art_in_FL

Maybe it is just me but this smacks of the psychology of insecure adolescent boys. A need to 'prove themselves' and an immature inability to restrain themselves that drives them to do outlandish inappropriate acts simply because 'they can'. Regardless of the consequences.


Yup, that pretty much describes me grin

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#124739 - 02/21/08 10:19 PM Re: Shot fired and a hit on the satellite accordin [Re: OldBaldGuy]
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Originally Posted By: OldBaldGuy
Great, we can shoot down satellites. I wonder how long before other, less than friendly, countries can do it also? Think comm sats, those neat ones that make our GPS's work, etc...


GPS Sats are out 24,000 miles (I think) and would be a lot harder to hit then one thats only 100-miles away.


I would guess we shot it down for a few reasons. Yes it may have been a danger, but I would also guess we were sending a message to China and other countries (China said they want to go to the Moon) that if they pick up any of our moon junk we can keep you from bringing it back.
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