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    A 10-ton American spy satellite has lost power and could hit the Earth in the next few weeks, government officials said today.



    The satellite, which no longer can be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said.


    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret. It was not clear how long ago the satellite lost power, or under what circumstances. Scroll down for more ...
    In orbit: A satellite the size of a small bus is plummeting towards the earth (file picture)


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    "Appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation," said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council, when asked about the situation after it was disclosed by other officials.
    "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."
    He would not comment on whether it is possible for the satellite to perhaps be shot down by a missile. He said it would be inappropriate to discuss any specifics at this time. Scroll down for more ...



    A senior government official said that lawmakers and other nations are being kept apprised of the situation.
    The spacecraft contains hydrazine - which is rocket fuel - according to a government official who was not authorized to speak publicly but spoke on condition of anonymity.
    Hydrazine, a colorless liquid with an ammonia-like odor, is a toxic chemical and can cause harm to anyone who contacts it.
    An uncontrolled re-entry could risk exposure of U.S. secrets, said John Pike, a defense and intelligence expert. Scroll down for more ...
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    Spy satellites typically are disposed of through a controlled re-entry into the ocean so that no one else can access the spacecraft, he said.
    Pike also said it is not likely the threat from the satellite could be eliminated by shooting it down with a missile, because that would create debris that would then re-enter the atmosphere and burn up or hit the ground.
    Pike, director of the defense research group GlobalSecurity.org, estimated that the spacecraft weighs about 10 tons and was the size of a small bus.
    He said the satellite would create 10 times less debris than the Columbia space shuttle crash in 2003. Satellites have natural decay periods, and it is possible this one died as long as a year ago and is just now getting ready to re-enter the atmosphere, he said.
    Jeffrey Richelson, a senior fellow with the National Security Archive, said the spacecraft likely is a photo reconnaissance satellite.
    Such eyes in the sky are used to gather visual information from space about adversarial governments and terror groups, including construction at suspected nuclear sites or militant training camps.
    The satellites also can be used to survey damage from hurricanes, fires and other natural disasters.
    The largest uncontrolled re-entry by a NASA spacecraft was Skylab, the 78-ton (79.25-metric ton) abandoned space station that fell from orbit in 1979.
    Its debris dropped harmlessly into the Indian Ocean and across a remote section of western Australia.
    In 2000, NASA engineers successfully directed a safe de-orbit of the 17-ton (17.27-metric ton) Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, using rockets aboard the satellite to bring it down in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean. In 2002, officials believe debris from a 7,000-pound (3175.18-kilogram) science satellite smacked into the Earth's atmosphere and rained down over the Persian Gulf, a few thousand miles from where they first predicted it would plummet.

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    How can we get it on course to hit Crawford, Texas?
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    thats what you get america!

    enuff wit da spying on yur citizens damnit!!

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    where is this going to land?!

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    Hopefully on a big white house, oh lets say in the DC area.... Just saying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    How can we get it on course to hit Crawford, Texas?
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    Land right on top of the White House, please.

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    Yet, another good reason to sit in my house and drink myself silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    How can we get it on course to hit Crawford, Texas?
    Don't slap me, cause I'm not in the mood!

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    I've got my tinfoil thong on.. that's got to count for something right?

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    FUCK, Crawford is 100 miles from my university..

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    Quote Originally Posted by radha View Post
    where is this going to land?!

    My thoughts exactly.
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    HELLO!?!?!?!?! Anyone know where this is going to land yet? People could be in serious danger! Luckily, most of the planet's covered in water, but the rest is damn near covered in people!
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    ^w/ my luck lately, it'll land right on my fucking head!

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    ^^aw, why? What gives, Wonderland not so wonderful? Hookah ran dry?
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    FALLING SATELLITE TO PASS OVER ABERDEEN


    08:50 - 29 January 2008



    An Out-of-control American spy satellite about the size of a small bus is due to be visible to the naked eye for the first time today while it passes over the north-east.

    But the forecast of light showers might mean anyone looking up at around 6.50am may not see it.


    US government officials have warned the satellite, which has lost power, could hit Earth in late February or early March.

    They do not know where it might come down.

    When it passes over Aberdeen this morning, it will be around 167 miles above land.

    The satellite's height has decreased by about seven miles in the last four weeks.

    Space broadcaster Leo Enright said: "It will start to fall faster and faster. It will be appearing regularly over Scotland between 6am and 8am most mornings.

    "No one is suggesting it is going to fall on Scotland - three-quarters of the earth's surface is ocean."

    The satellite could contain hazardous materials.

    It is not clear how long ago the satellite lost power or under what circumstances.

    It is thought it would create 10 times less debris than the Columbia space shuttle crash in 2003.

    Spy satellites are typically disposed of through a controlled re-entry into the ocean so no one else can access the spacecraft.

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    I might have seen it if it had actually stopped raining for 1 day!

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