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NASA: India's destruction of a space satellite puts the International Space Station at risk


The US space agency NASA has described India's destruction of a space satellite as "something alarming" and could threaten the International Space Station

The director of NASA, Jim Brydenstein, said the risk of collision of the satellite debris of the International Space Station increased by 44 percent, within ten days after the Indian experiment

But he added: "The International Space Station is still safe, and if we need to move it, we will

India is the fourth country in the world to conduct such experiments in space

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Moody announced the experience, dubbed "Mission Shakti", on March 27, saying he had established India as a "space power"

In a letter to NASA employees, Brandstein strongly criticized the testing of such anti-satellite weapons

NASA has identified 400 pieces of orbital debris and is tracking 60 pieces, each of which is longer than 10 centimeters in diameter. He noted that 24 of those pieces posed a threat to the International Space Station

"It is a terrible thing, to make an accident that sends debris at a location higher than the ISS," Brandstein said.



A day after India's successful test, US Defense Secretary Patrick Chanahan warned that the incident could cause "chaos" in space, but said Washington was still studying its effects.

India confirms that it conducted the experiment in low Earth orbit, at a height of 300 kilometers, so as not to leave space debris that could collide with the International Space Station or satellites in space

"That's why we conducted the experiment at a low altitude and it will disappear in a short time," said J. Satish Reddy, head of India's Defense and Development Research Commission, in an interview with Reuters news agency last week

NASA director confirmed the health of the former Indian opinion, said that this will happen eventually

"The good thing is that the experiment was carried out in low Earth orbit, and it will fade over time," he said.

China had raised international concern for a similar test in 2007. The NASA director said at the time that "much of the debris, resulting from that experiment, remained in space orbit

The US military is tracking about 10,000 pieces of space debris, about one-third of which has been reported to have been from the Chinese experience

Arms control activists expressed concern about the growing trend towards militarization of space

The anti-satellite weapon technology will allow India to destroy unwanted satellites of hostile forces in any dispute

That experience is likely to feed regional rivalry between India and China

This experience has also angered opposition parties in India, accusing the Indian Prime Minister of using it as political propaganda, ahead of the general elections in the country, scheduled for April 11


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