In the early hours of Monday morning, the International Space Station crew had to take precautions as a cloud of junk showed up in their orbit.
Russia had tested anti-satellite missiles, destroying an old satellite, which is likely where the debris came from, the Daily Mail reported.
But even though it was an old Russian satellite that was destroyed, the test “created a field of 1,500 pieces of debris endangering the crew of the International Space Station,” according to the Daily Mail. Some of the crew members were Russian.
The European Union Space Commissioner Thierry Breton took to Twitter to voice his concern and condemnation. “As Commissioner in charge of EU #Space policy and in particular of Galileo & Copernicus, I join the strongest condemnations