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Rogue Satellite Threatening Cable Programming

An out-of-control, drifting satellite may threaten cable TV in the US later this month. Two large satellite companies have been trying to get the Galaxy 15 satellite under control since last April, saying it was probably knocked off course by a solar storm. The drifting satellite is still receiving and distributing TV signals, but if it comes too close to other television satellites, reception could be affected. That spells bad news for all you TV addicts!

Another company is trying to protect the AMC 11 satellite — the one in danger of interference — by orchestrating a small, carefully timed orbit shift. If the problems aren't resolved, reception problems could occur as early as May 23. According to NASA, there are 3,000 man-made satellites and 6,000 pieces of "space junk" orbiting Earth — who knew? And serious props to the engineers at NASA for keeping it all under control up there; I'm surprised we don't hear stories like this more often.

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