India’s destruction of one of its satellites has increased the risk of collision with the International space station has increased by 44% over 10 days. But the risk will dissipate over time as much of the debris will burn up as it enters the atmosphere.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said they had shot down a satellite in space with an anti-satellite missile, hailing the test as a major breakthrough in its space programme.
The Indian satellite was destroyed at a relatively low altitude of 180 miles (300km), well below the ISS and most satellites in orbit. But 24 of the pieces were going above the ISS, said Jim Bridenstine, head of NASA. “That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris at an apogee that goes above the International Space Station,” he said, adding: “That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight.”
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