India’s ASAT test created debris, raised risk for International Space Station: NASA
The debris created by the anti-satellite test carried out by India last week had increased the risk to the International Space Station, the head of US space agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has said.…
The International Space Station, or ISS, is the world’s only permanent facility in space, and has always been manned by one or more astronauts for the last two decades. The ISS serves as a platform to carry out a variety of experiments in space, especially those that require zero gravity, and also for testing new space systems and technologies.
Speaking at a town hall on Monday, Jim Bridenstine, the NASA administrator, in a response to a specific question from a colleague on the impact of the Indian test, said that the risk to the ISS (due to possible collision with space debris) had gone up by 44 per cent after the Indian anti-satellite test, though he added that both the ISS and the astronauts were safe.…
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