‘Irresponsible’ Russia Shoots Down Satellite, Generates Debris Threatening International Space Station

‘Irresponsible’ Russia Shoots Down Satellite, Generates Debris Threatening International Space Station


According to the U.S. Space Command, Russia shot down a satellite in orbit over the weekend, leaving debris that could pose a risk to the International Space Station in an act being described as “irresponsible.” The decision by Russia could not only inflame tensions between Russia and the United States, but between various nations in the ongoing space race.

“Russia tested a direct-ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) missile on Nov. 15, 2021, Moscow Standard Time, that struck a Russian satellite [COSMOS 1408] and created a debris field in low-Earth orbit,” announced U.S. Space Command in a statement. “The test so far has generated more than 1,500 pieces of trackable orbital debris and will likely generate hundreds of thousands of pieces of smaller orbital debris.”

“Russia has demonstrated a deliberate

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