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India's ASAT test could endanger ISS, claims Nasa; Govt declines to comment

The NASA termed as a 'terrible thing' India's shooting down of one of its satellites that has created about 400 pieces of orbital debris, endangering the ISS

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ballistic Missile Defence Interceptor missile being launched by DRDO in an Anti-Satellite missile test 'Mission Shakti' engaging an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit in a 'Hit to Kill' mode from Abdul Kalam Island | Photo: PTI
Ballistic Missile Defence Interceptor missile being launched by DRDO in an Anti-Satellite missile test ‘Mission Shakti’ engaging an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit in a ‘Hit to Kill’ mode from Abdul Kalam Island | Photo: PTI

The government Wednesday declined to comment on US space agency NASA's assessment that India's anti-satellite weapon test last week led to creation of 400 pieces of space debris that could pose a threat to the International Space Station (ISS).

When contacted, the spokesperson of Ministry of Defence declined to comment.

On March 27, India achieved a historic feat by shooting down its own low-orbit satellite with a ground-to-space missile, making the country a space power. Only three other countries -- the US, Russia and China -- have capabilities

The NASA on Tuesday termed as a "terrible thing" India's shooting down of one of its satellites that has created about 400 pieces of orbital debris, endangering the ISS.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said about 60 pieces have been tracked so far and out of which 24 are going above the apogee of the ISS.

"That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris and an apogee that goes above the international space station. That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight that we need to see have happen," he had said.

First Published: Thu, April 04 2019. 00:20 IST
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