Thursday, February 21, 2008
USA 193 has been hit!
The US spy satellite USA 193 has been "successfully" hit by a missile launched by a naval vessel. Various witnesses have seen debris from the satellite re-entering in a spectacular display.
In Australia we could have expected to see the satellite this morning. The debris field will apparently keep on roughly the same orbit as the satellite, and it is possible Australian observers could see some re-entering material. See Heavens Above for predictions for your local area.
Here's some US Department of Defence images (none of the impact) via Tom. Here's a story about the shoot-down from New Scientist.