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A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) is launched from Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) to intercept a threat representative target as part of a Missile Defense Agency test of the sea-based capability under development.

An out of control spy satellite that was launched in December 2006 is soon to be shot down using the United States Missile Defense System.

Beginning next week on February 21, the US will launch up to 3 missiles from Navy ships off the coast of Hawaii into the sky in order to attempt to destroy this satellite and prevent it from entering the Earth’s atmosphere.

Government officials believe that destroying the satellite will keep sensitive information and material out of the hands of those who may want to use it against the United States. Another reason for the missile launch is to protect people on Earth from harmful chemicals like Hydrazine which is said to be found on the satellite’s body.

If the missile hit proves successful, this would be a good example of how the Missile Defense System can work for us and save us in the event of a real attack.

If you want to see the missile photo above in full resolution, you can do so at the US Navy website.