Quick Response Team Ready to Chase Satellite's Hazardous Remnants

By: news@nbc11news.com
By: news@nbc11news.com

Mcguire Air Force Base, N.J. (AP) A recovery squad is at the ready in New Jersey to clean up after what's left of a blasted apart spy satellite.

Operation Burnt Frost is made up of military and civilian personnel from at least 15 government agencies and will scatter anywhere in the world the pieces may fall.

The team is equipped with helmets and body armor in case pieces fall in war zones. And they have been vaccinated and armed with anti-malarial pills.

Officials say the missile appears to have nailed it's target of exploding a tank of toxic fuel.

The satellite became uncontrollable almost immediately after it was launched in 2006, when it lost power and its central computer failed.

Many of the satellite's remnants are already starting to re-enter the earth's atmosphere. Officials say none of the pieces is larger than a football.

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