Thursday, February 21, 2008
Navy Missile Splashes Spy Satellite
The NROL-21 /USA-193 satellite was destroyed shortly after 10:26 p.m. EST Wednesday night at a point in space 130-miles above the Pacific Ocean with an explosion sighted from a possible ruptured hydrazine fuel tank, according to The Washington Post and a BBC video.
Debris from the NRO satellite will begin to re-enter the earth's atmosphere immediately. Nearly all of it will burn up on reentry within 24-48 hours and the remaining debris should re-enter within 40 days, according to the Pentagon. MORE from MSNBC, CNN, the BBC, USA Today, China Daily, and The Washington Post.