The satellite, about 9,072 kg and is the size of a small bus,which no longer can be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down.
Specialists who follow spy satellite operations suspect it is an experimental imagery satellite built by Lockheed Martin and launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in December 2006 aboard a Delta II rocket. Its amazing that very shortly after the satellite reached orbit, ground controllers lost the ability to control it and were never able to regain communication.
“Appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation,” said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council, when asked about the situation after it was disclosed by other officials.“Numerous satellites over the years have come out of orbit and fallen harmlessly. We are looking at potential options to mitigate any possible damage this satellite may cause.”
Some people are also suggesting shooting the satellite with a missile in case its dangerous, though it is highly unlikely because that would create debris that would then re-enter the atmosphere and burn up or hit the ground.
So come February, keep a close look at the skies.....the BUS might be coming any moment!!!!