Spy Satellite Splashdown Point Identified (With Map)
In what has become a highly publicized excuse to use some of their explosive toys, the U.S. Navy is planning to shoot a disabled spy satellite out of the starry skies tomorrow morning. Whether they'll even succeed in hitting the thing is a topic of debate, but assuming they do, there's the question of where the debris will land -- not to mention the potential toxic gas cloud created by the 1,000lbs of fuel still on-board. To this effect, the Navy has issued a warning to stay out of a 1,400-mile area in the Pacific.
All flights are prohibited from this area at any altitude from the hours of 2:30 to 5:00 am tomorrow morning local time. As you can see from the above map (viewable in Google Earth via this kmz file courtesy of Alan Clegg) the area includes a region that is, by our accounts, is fairly close to Hawaii. We're sure the Navy has this thing completely in the bag, but that said, just this once we're happy to not be sunning ourselves on the beaches of Maui.
From Fark and The Register
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