Experts stated that testing weapons that shatter satellites in orbit pose a space hazard since the parts can crash with other objects, causing a chain reaction of projectiles to travel around Earth orbit.
According to US officials, a Russian anti-satellite missile test conducted on Monday created a debris field in low-Earth orbit that threatened the International Space Station. It will pose a risk to space activities for years.
The seven-member space station crew – four American astronauts, one German astronaut, and two Russian cosmonauts – were told to take shelter in their docked spaceship capsules for two hours following the test as a precaution, NASA said, to allow for a speedy escape if necessary.
Every 90 minutes, the research lab continued to travel through or near the debris cluster. Still, NASA specialists judged it was safe for the crew to return to the station’s interior following the third pass.
According to NASA, the crew was also given the order to temporarily close hatches on numerous modules of the International Space Station (ISS).
In a statement, NASA chief Bill Nelson stated, “NASA will continue to monitor the debris in the upcoming days and beyond to assure the protection of our crew in orbit.”
Experts stated that testing weapons that shatter satellites in orbit create a space hazard since the parts can crash with other objects, causing a chain reaction of projectiles to travel around Earth orbit.
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The Russian military and defence ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, the Russian space agency Roscosmos sent a message on Twitter downplaying the risk.
“The object’s orbit has shifted away from the ISS orbit, forcing the crew to move into spacecraft according to routine protocols today,” Roscosmos tweeted. “We’re in the green zone at the station.”
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