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Fraser
2008-Mar-04, 12:00 AM
The shoot down of US spy satellite USA 193 was condemned by some quarters of the international community. However, the fact remains, this was a resounding success for the US military. Observers of the operation to destroy the potentially dangerous satellite likened it to "trying to fire a missile through the eye of a needle". [...]

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Noclevername
2008-Mar-04, 01:09 AM
The 5,000 pound (2,300 kg) satellite apparently disintegrated into many small pieces of debris, each no bigger than the volume of a football

But as they say elsewhere in the article, it's the small, hard-to-detect debris that'll be the real problem for space launches. Tiny fragments at orbital speeds are like hypersonic bullets.

01101001
2008-Mar-04, 04:40 AM
But as they say elsewhere in the article, it's the small, hard-to-detect debris that'll be the real problem for space launches.

For a short period of time.