I don't know about you, but this story fired my imagination. It is the stuff of which science fiction movies are made.
My first reaction was sheer awe. But my second reaction was, "Hmmm, I guess Star Wars wasn't such a completely ridiculous idea after all." And in this case, I'm not talking about the movie.
Before I get a million, "You've got to be kidding, you idiot!" comments, let me just say that I Googled "Star Wars Reagan" and came up with about a million hits, the first twenty of which I checked out, and all were totally negative about the program. The technical and financial problems seem, to say the least, formidable (although I wouldn't consider Frances Fitzgerald to be an objective judge of this particular situation).
The purpose of this post is merely to state that I wonder whether the comet probe success has any relevance to the task of missile interception.
Already, though, Star Wars hasn't been a total loss. See this for the story. Since the BBC said it, you know it must be true; they wouldn't be giving the program credit for anything if it hadn't been fully earned.