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India's shooting down of satellite created 400 pieces of debris, put ISS at risk: NASA

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Washington : 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 International Space Station (ISS). Last week, India carried out Mission Shakti, in which it successfully targeted a low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed its success as "an unprecedented achievement" that makes India "a space power." NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said about 60 pieces of debris 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 said at a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) townhall here.

The Anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) test by India last week has resulted in about 400 pieces of orbital debris," he added. Bridenstine said not all of the pieces were big enough to track and the NASA is right now tracking objects which are 10 centimeters or bigger. "Some 60 pieces of orbital debris have been tracked so far, 24 out of which poses risk to the International Space Station," he said. PTI

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