US Navy recovers Chinese surveillance balloon from water

The U.S. Navy has recovered the remains of the Chinese surveillance balloon.

Officials believe it was sent by China to spy on sensitive sites

The U.S. Navy has released photos of the 1.1-ton, 200-foot-tall Chinese surveillance balloon that was shot down over the weekend. A team from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 recovered debris from the balloon on Feb. 5, off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

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The remainder was scattered over a wide area of seabed and dive teams are working to recover the pieces for intelligence purposes. On Feb. 4, at the direction of President Joe Biden and with support of the Government of Canada, a U.S. fighter aircraft brought down the high altitude surveillance balloon, which officials believe was sent by China to spy on sensitive sites across the United States.

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The balloon flew roughly 12 miles above the U.S. and has a debris field of approximately 1,500 square meters, or the equivalent of 15 football fields. Its height was roughly the size of two hot air balloons and weighed equivalent to a regional airliner.

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