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Ron Baalke wrote:

> Air Force Fears Satellite Damage During Upcoming Meteor Showers
>
> Nov 01 1999 07:38:17 ET
>
> WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force said Friday it will be watching
> closely for any damage to U.S missile-warning, communications and other
> military satellites when the earth passes through the Leonid Meteor Storm on
> Nov. 17.
>
> The storm, consisting of tiny sand-like particles traveling faster than
> 140,000 mph, is essentially a cloudy tail of space debris from the comet
> Temple-Tuttle.
>
> Although there was some concern when the earth first passed through the
> comet's tail in 1998, the Air Force said scientists expect this year to be
> the largest display from Temple-Tuttle since 1966.
>
> Full story here:
>
> http://www.space.com/news/leoniddamage_9901101_wg.html
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