posted on Feb, 21 2012 @ 01:08 AM
Hydrazine is a colorless toxic liquid fuel with an ammonia like odor, primarily used in satellites and space vehicles. Short term exposure to it can
produce a range of reactions. Ranging from minor irritation of the nose, throat and eyes to dizzyness and nausea. In the worst cases it can cause
seizures, coma or even death
The fuel storage tank had become quite cold in space, resulting in the hydrazine's solidification.
The fear was that the tank would survive re-entry, creating slush and gas, if this impacted a populated area hydrazine gas would have been released
causing a disaster I would not like to try and calculate.
The sensors on the impact vehicle as well as the equipment tracking the objects had to be completely rebuilt. The crew of the U.S.S. Lake Erie
trained for three weeks prior, learning a entirely new way to do something they train their entire careers for. They were able to track and intercept
something 285 km above the earths surface turning the craft and the hydrazine into... and I quote "plasma".
Had they been able to shoot it down with this "secret space plane" we would never have known in the first place..... "hold on let me put some
sand over your ears your head isnt completely buried.
Side note: Our good friend china shot one of their weather satellites almost out of orbit but they caught it a little higher than they should have...
sooooo for the next 200 years we get to enjoy 5,000 lbs of space debris in about 200,000 pieces orbiting our earth.
from brushless car washes to ballistic missiles that can turn a 4,500 lbs satellite into pulled pork with only the energy transfer of the impact as a
destructive force. The United States does it better. Ask anyone who's pissed us off