Shootdown Attempt May Come Tonight

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Pentagon (AP) The Pentagon's attempt to blast a dying spy satellite with a missile could come as early as tonight.

The government has told aviators and mariners to steer clear of a section of the Pacific beginning at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time. The missile will be launched from a Navy cruiser.

It needs to strike the relatively small fuel tank aboard the satellite in order to accomplish the main goal, which is to eliminate the toxic fuel that could injure or even kill people if
it falls back to earth.

Left alone, the satellite could hit earth during the first week of march. Officials say about half of the 5,000-pound satellite could survive the blazing descent through the atmosphere.