After the Pentagon noticed a “generation of debris” event” in orbit, the State Department condemned what they said was a Russian test of an anti-satellite missile, calling it “dangerous and irresponsible” behavior. ”
“The US Space Command is aware of a debris generator event in outer space” the Pentagon said on Monday, saying the United States military was “Actively working to characterize the debris field”.
State Department spokesman Ned Price blamed Moscow of using a direct ascent missile destroy a satellite in orbit, creating over 1,500 pieces of traceable space debris.
“This test will significantly increase the risk to astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station, as well as other human spaceflight activities “, Price told Foggy Bottom reporters on Monday afternoon.
The crew on board the ISS reportedly withdrew briefly in their forms due to some of debris intersecting the station’s orbit, but there have been no reports of harm.
“Russia is dangerous and irresponsible behavior puts the long at risk term sustainability of outer space, and clearly demonstrates that Russia’s claims of oppose armament of space they are naive and hypocritical. The United States will do it work with our allies and partners to respond to Russia’s irresponsible act “, Price said.
The Russian Defense Ministry and Roscosmos have yet to comment on the question.
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