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Waiting for Satellite
February 20, 2008   
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The Polish government appointed a crisis team Feb. 15 after the United States told the Defense Ministry in Warsaw that a damaged U.S. satellite could crash in Poland.

The details are classified, but apparently there is danger to areas below the 52nd parallel, a line that cuts roughly midway across Poland. Polish armed forces went on a state of emergency standby Feb. 18. Defense Minister Bogdan Klich said the Polish government "is in touch with its allies all the time."

President George W. Bush ordered Feb. 14 that the damaged satellite be shot down with a missile launched from a battleship. The satellite probably suffered a computer malfunction and then went out of control. There are almost 500 kilos of hydrazine, a caustic and flammable substance, on board.
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