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Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James E. Cartwright, left, and Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England follow the progress of a Standard Missile-3 as it races toward a non-functioning satellite in space over the Pacific Ocean.
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WASHINGTON (Feb. 20, 2008) Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, left, and Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England follow the progress of a Standard Missile-3 as it races toward a non-functioning National Reconnaissance Office satellite in space over the Pacific Ocean. The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) launched the missile at the satellite orbiting in space at more than 17,000 mph over the Pacific. The objective was to rupture the satellite's fuel tank to dissipate the approximately 1,000 pounds (453 kg) of hydrazine, a hazardous fuel which could pose a danger to people on earth, before it entered into earth's atmosphere. U.S. Air Force photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam M. Stump (Released)

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