"It is a terrible, horrible thing to do, which sends the wreckage to the apogee of the International Space Station. Such actions are incompatible with the future of manned space travel," said the director of NASA. The Apogee is the farthest point in Earth's orbit in orbit, 416 km in the case of the ISS.
He added that NASA identified 400 fragments and tracked 60 pieces of more than 10 centimeters. Twenty-four of them posed a threat to the ISS.
NASA director Bridenstine added that fortunately nothing happened: "The International Space Station is safe. If we need to maneuver with it, we will do that.
The launch of the Indian missile, which was designed to destroy the satellite in orbit.
PHOTO: Brochure, Reuters
India is the fourth country to test a satellite capable of reaching a satellite. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Fashion Test, known as the "Shakti Mission", stressed on March 27 that he made a space superpower of India.
India has argued that it destroyed a low-orbit satellite 300km away. However, according to NASA, the pieces of debris were larger.
Director of NASA, James Bridenstine
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The day after the test, Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan warned that such a test could create chaos in orbit, but added that the US was only investigating the impact of the test.
Remains after the Chinese test
Bridenstine criticized ASAT's destructive missile tests, although he said that those at lower altitudes, such as Indians, are less dangerous because debris can burn quickly in the atmosphere.
After a similar test in 2007, however, a large number of debris remains in orbit. NASA said it is seeing 10,000 different debris and debris in space, and a third of them are from a satellite destroyed by a Chinese rocket.