US missile hits wayward satellite on 1st attempt, results unclear

A missile launched from a Navy ship successfully struck a dying US spy satellite passing 210 kilometers over the Pacific, a defense official said. Full details were not immediately available. Two officials said the missile was launched successfully. One official, who was close to the process, said it hit the target. He said details on the results were not immediately known. The goal in this first-of-its-kind mission for the Navy was not just to hit the satellite but to obliterate a tank aboard the spacecraft carrying 450 kilograms of a toxic fuel called hydrazine.