The U.S. military’s unprecedented missile shootdown of a prematurely dying intelligence satellite could take place as early as late Feb. 20 as it passes over a Pacific Ocean missile testing range off Hawaii, although poor sea conditions may affect the Navy’s ability to shoot the Standard Missile-3 interceptor from an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense cruiser. Touchdown of the space shuttle Atlantis in Florida shortly after 9 a.m. EST Feb. 20 (See p. 3) opened the time window of opportunity ...

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