Pentagon to Shoot Down Satellite in March -- UPDATE

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Washington (AP) A White House official says President Bush decided to use a military missile launched from a Navy ship to bring down a broken spy satellite because of the potential danger to people from the rocket fuel it is carrying.

Deputy National Security Adviser James Jeffries, briefing reporters at the Pentagon, did not say when the attempted intercept would be conducted, but the satellite is expected to hit earth during the first week of March.

Gen. James Cartwright of the Military Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the same briefing that in a worst case scenario, the rocket fuel could be deadly if inhaled.


KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 15635452 - nbc11news.com/a?a=15635452