The SM-3 missile was fired from the USS Lake Erie in the Pacific Ocean at about 10:26 EST and hit the bus-sized satellite about 133 nautical miles above the ocean, the Pentagon said in a statement.
“A network of land, air, sea and space-based sensors confirms that the U.S. military intercepted a nonfunctioning National Reconnaissance Office satellite, which was in its final orbits before entering the Earth’s atmosphere,” it said.
As far as educating the public about the importance of continuing to fund missile defense goes, it’s a start. Let’s hope we get some photos.
More on the SM-3 here.
UPDATE: Some great observations in the comments.