If I blow the conch and they don't come back; then we've had it. We shan't keep the fire going. We'll be like animals. We'll never be rescued.
I believe almost NOTHING from U.S. military press releases without unbiased confirmation.
Maybe a satellite exploded.
Or maybe it got hit by something and the Air Force used it as an excuse to try and scare Congress into increasing their space defense budget by exaggerating what happened.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
Governments have been known to explode their own weather satellites, so that is a possibility. But the earth's lower orbit is filled with so much debris that it could've just as easily been a collision with a speck of paint, too.....
Space Junk: Tracking & Removing Orbital Debris