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May the Force be with them

February 20, 2008 - Bill Speer
It sort of seems right out of a Star Wars movie the country's planned attempt this week to shoot down a wayward satellite in space with a missle launched from the Pacific Ocean.

Because this never has been attempted by our country, military officials offered up no odds for its success. However, should the missile attempt fail, then sometime the first week of March the errant satellite is going to plunge through the Earth's atmosphere and plunge to the ground in a fiery mass.

The obvious question is where? The answer, not so surprisingly, is officials won't answer that question.

"This is all about trying to reduce the danger to human beings," Deputy National Security Adviser James Jeffrey told Associated Press this week.


Knowing our luck the military won't be successful and the satellite will crash early - our extra Leap Day in February this year - into our backyard in northeast Michigan. Suddenly that extra day won't seem so wonderful.

Am I the only one who suddenly thinks of Orson Welles and the radio presentation of War of the Worlds right now?

Honestly all of this seems like a science fiction novel years ago.

Where's R2-D2 when you need him?


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