US shoots down ‘high-altitude object’ over Alaska

SpaceWar.com reports: “A US fighter jet shot down an unidentified object drifting high over Alaska on Friday, the White House said, just six days after the downing of an alleged Chinese spy balloon sparked a fresh diplomatic rift with Beijing.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said it was unclear what the purpose or origin of the new object was, but said that it was taken down because, floating at 40,000 feet, it was a threat to civil aviation.

‘The president ordered the military to down the object,’ Kirby said.

Questioned about the incident by reporters at the White House, Biden said the shoot-down ‘was a success.’

Kirby said the object was much smaller than a huge Chinese balloon that crossed the United States last week and was shot down by a US fighter jet off the Atlantic coast on Saturday.

It was ‘roughly the size of a small car,’ he said…”

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