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Team At N.J. Base Ready To Chase Satellite’s Hazardous Remnants

Local News, News | Feb 22, 2008

Team At N.J. Base Ready To Chase Satellite’s Hazardous Remnants

A quick response team at a central New Jersey military base is on alert.
They’re set to head to anyplace on Earth that the pieces of a lame satellite shot down by the military this week might fall. The recovery squad, dubbed Operation Burnt Frost, is assembled at McGuire Air Force Base. It’s made up of military and civilian personnel from at least 15 government agencies including the Air Force, Coast Guard, and Environmental Protection Agency.
The unit was assembled in less than a week with the goal of protecting people from remnants of the bus-sized satellite, especially the potentially hazardous fuel tank.
A Navy cruiser blasted the errant satellite with a missile Wednesday night.
Officials say the strike appeared to have accomplished its main goal of exploding a tank of toxic fuel 130 miles above the Pacific Ocean.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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