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Last week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country’s space agency had tested a new anti-satellite weapon by destroying a satellite already in orbit. Now, an announcement by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine claims that India's test could endanger other satellites and objects in orbit—including the International Space Station.
India launched a missile at a satellite believed to be the Indian spy satellite Microsat-r, launched a few months ago. The blowup created a field of satellite debris at that altitude. That debris is a problem because it sits at the same altitude as the ISS. In a worst-case scenario, some of that debris could impact the station creating a Gravity-esque scenario. Some of those pieces are too small for NASA to track, meaning we’ll have no way of predicting an impact beforehand.
“What we are tracking right now, objects big enough to track — we're talking about 10 cm (4 inches) or bigger —about 60 pieces have been tracked,” Bridenstine said in an announcement on Monday.
originally posted by: gallop
In the other thread, I read about just how fast the debris is going. thousands of times faster than a bullet. But then I looked up how fast the ISS is going.. Thousands of times faster than a bullet..
Doesn't mean anything, but I don't really think much will occur. As long as they don't meet head on
originally posted by: crayzeed
So the US wants exclusive rights to space? No one else is allowed to do any thing? Quite cheeky in my opinion as the US has put more crap in orbits that they tell no one about. Or do you all think they tell other governments where all their spy satellites are?