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Gates says U.S. will share satellite destruction data with China

February 21, 2008
By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday the United States is prepared to share with China some of the information it has about the U.S. shootdown of a spy satellite.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates makes a statement in ... 

His comments came hours after Beijing complained the missile strike Wednesday could cause harm to security in outer space and some countries.

“We provided a lot of information … before it took place,” Gates told reporters during a visit to Hawaii. But, the secretary also said that he is determined to be open about the U.S. operation and “we are prepared to share whatever appropriately we can.”

|Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there was up to a 90 percent chance the missile destroyed the spacecraft’s fuel tank which was filled with highly toxic hydrazine.

Debris from the obliterated satellite was being tracked over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans but appeared to be too small to cause damage on Earth, Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had said earlier Thursday.

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