Russia conducted a “dangerous” and “irresponsible” satellite shutdown test on Monday, the US State Department said, calling the test “condemnation” in ASAT terms. The CEO of the US space agency NASA is also outraged by Russia’s “irresponsible and dangerous” behavior. The test endangered the International Space Station and its seven crew members.
Russia launches ground-to-air missile on one of its own satellites. More than 1,500 detectable space debris have been created by a cloud of space debris containing hundreds of thousands of small debris that endanger the interests of all nations, U.S. State Department spokesman Net Price told a conference in Washington. “This test will significantly increase the risk to astronauts and astronauts on the International Space Station, which will lead to other manned space missions,” he stressed.
Seven people aboard the ISS, including two Russians, had to be temporarily housed on their “rescue boat”, the American crew Dacron, and a Russian Soyuz due to the dangerous space debris.
NASA CEO Bill Nelson has reacted harshly. “I was outraged by this irresponsible and disruptive act,” Nelson said. He sees it as “unthinkable” that Russia is endangering US and international partners in the ISS and its own astronauts. According to NASA, the Russian test also threatened the Chinese space station.