Breaking news: Busted *** US satellite hit by missile
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An inoperable U.*. spy satellite orbiting about 150 miles above Earth was struck Wednesday by a missile fired from a U.*. Navy cruiser, military sources told CNN.
The Pentagon said the window of opportunity to strike the 5,000-pound satellite opened Wednesday, when the space shuttle Atlantis landed in Florida. The Pentagon wanted to be sure the shuttle would not be struck by any debris from a destroyed satellite.
But earlier the official said conditions had to be perfect, and that was not the case Wednesday with swells in the Pacific Ocean west of Hawaii running slightly higher than Navy would like....