India shot a missile at a satellite and now the debris might be endangering the International Space Station.
India decided to launch a missile to shoot down its own satellite. Now there’s a whole lot of space junk floating around.
The test created hundreds of pieces of debris that now may threaten the safety of future missions, and might even pose a danger to astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
International Space Station In Danger After India Shoots Satellite With Missile https://t.co/MNuhUOJQUv
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) April 2, 2019
Last week, India demonstrated its missile prowess by shooting down one of its own low-orbit satellites. India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said the satellite’s destruction showed India could be “a space power.”
But now, NASA is calling the demonstration a “terrible, terrible thing” that has put the International Space Station (ISS) and its crew at risk, as debris from the destroyed satellite could cause damage, according to Business Insider. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Monday that they are only able to track debris larger than 4 inches in length, but so far are tracking 60 such pieces from the Indian satellite, 24 of which were above the ISS.
“That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris at an apogee that goes above the International Space Station,” Bridenstine said.
The satellite, Bridenstine said, was orbiting about 185 miles above the Earth, yet debris from it has now cleared the ISS, which orbits about 250 miles above the Earth. More
This is a perfect example of when someone is smart enough to be able to do something but too dumb to realize it is a bad idea in the first place. In other words “knows just enough to be dangerous.”
Should they be held responsible for any damages, not just to the ISS, but to other satellites?
India’s recent anti-satellite test created 60 pieces of orbital debris big enough to track, 24 of which rise higher than the International Space Station’s orbit around Earth, according to NASA administrator. – @NBCNewsMACH https://t.co/eEJIfBZm1V
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 3, 2019
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) April 2, 2019