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Warning: Don’t Touch anything that Falls out of the Sky!

February 20, 2008

Governor Brad Henry has been busy making emergency plans to day, in case any satellite debri lands in Oklahoma.

KJRH, in Tulsa reports:

Gov. Brad Henry huddled Wednesday with homeland security and emergency officials to coordinate response efforts under federal guidelines if satellite debris lands in the state.

Henry says the chances of fallout in Oklahoma are remote, but the state needs to be prepared just in case.

According to the A.P., the plans to shoot down the satellite may be delayed:

The aim is not just to hit the bus-sized satellite — which would burn up upon re-entering the atmosphere anyway — but to obliterate a tank onboard that is carrying 1,000 pounds of hydrazine, a toxic fuel. The fuel, unused because the satellite died shortly after reaching orbit in December 2006 — could be hazardous if it landed in a populated area.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health bulletin saying that the health risk from satellite debris was considered to be low.

KOCO in Oklahoma City writes:

The federal government hopes to use a missile to destroy the U.S. spy satellite before it re-enters earth’s atmosphere and crashes. The missile launch could occur as early as today, depending on weather conditions and other factors…Federal authorities are urging the general public to stay away from any satellite fragments and are asking state first responders to help locate and hold debris until federal assistance teams arrive.

The most important thing to remember, is DON’T TOUCH IT! Whatever you do, don’t act like this man, in the Ferrero Rocher commercial, who sees something that falls from the sky, and pops it into his mouth!

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