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NASA Says India’s Anti-Satellite Strike Has Endangered the International Space Station

WASHINGTON – NASA criticized the Shakti Indian mission, the launch of an ASAT a few days ago, for the space debris it left behind, Quartz India reported Tuesday.
The life of astronauts aboard the US Space Agency’s flagship satellite, the International Space Station (ISS), was put at risk by the collision risk, which increased by 40% in the 10 days, said Jim Bridenstine, head of NASA, in town hall with employees on 1st April.
“The intentional creation of orbital debris fields is not compatible with manned spaceflight,” Bridenstine said. “This is unacceptable and NASA must be very clear about its impact on us.”
In a televised speech on March 27, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country had shot down a satellite from the low Earth orbit using an ASAT missile.
The Indian government also said that “the test was conducted in the lower atmosphere to ensure the absence of space debris. Whatever debris is generated, it will decompose and fall back to the earth in a few weeks. ”
However, the United States identified 400 orbital debris at launch, Bridenstine added, adding that they could track only 60 fragments of about 10 centimeters or more of these, 24 pieces have passed the peak, or the highest peak in the ISS’s orbit, he added.
“It’s a terrible thing to create an event that sends debris into a climax that passes over the International Space Station,” he said.
“The good thing is that the debris is low enough in orbit that everything dissipates in the long run. Much of the debris from China’s 2007 anti-satellite test is still in orbit, and we’re still struggling,” he added.
India is the fourth country to launch an ASAT missile, after the United States, Russia and China. The latest test, conducted by China in 2007, almost three times higher than that of India, left 3,000 space debris.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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