WASHINGTON – Debris from an obliterated U.S. spy satellite is being tracked over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans but appears to be too small to cause any damage on, a senior military officer said Thursday, just hours after a Navy missile scored a direct hit on the failing satellite.
Marine Gen. James Cartwright,
This US Department of Defense handout photograph shows Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James E. Cartwright from the US Marine Corps informing the US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates of the successful missile intercept from the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center.(AFP/DOD)
He estimated there was an 80-90 percent chance that the missile struck the most important target on the satellite — its fuel tank, containing 1,000 pounds of hydrazine, whichsay could have posed a health hazard to humans if it had landed in a populated area.