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Russia seeks to reassure ISS astronauts after missile claims.

Key Takeaway:

  • The growing arms race in space encompasses everything from laser weapons to satellites capable of shunting others out of orbit.
  • US officials said in advance of the anti-satellite missile test — only the fourth ever to hit a spacecraft from the ground generated over 1,500 pieces of trackable orbital debris.

The safety of the ISS’s crew was “main priority after the US misused Moscow of keeping the astronauts under threat with a missile strike.

US officials on Monday announced Russia for conducting a “dangerous and irresponsible” missile test that blew up one of its satellites, making a debris cloud that has forced the ISS crew to take action.

The growing arms race in space encompasses everything from laser weapons to satellites capable of shunting others out of orbit.

It has said its “automated warning system for dangerous situations” was continuos “to monitor the situation to avoid and counter all possible threats to the safety of the ISS and its crew members”.

For all of us, the main priority has been and will always remain to ensure the crew’s safety, said the official.

US officers have said in advance of the anti-satellite missile test — only the fourth ever to hit a spacecraft generated over 1,500 pieces of trackable orbital debris from the ground. But, unfortunately, they didn’t inform them in advance of the anti-satellite missile test –which generated around 1,500 pieces of orbital debris.

US Secretary of State said that the danger was far and the debris would continue to threaten activities on the ISS.

According to space industry analysis company Teradata, the missile’s target was Cosmos 1408, a 1982 Soviet signals intelligence satellite. He was expected to meet NASA officials on Tuesday.

On Monday, NASA chief Bill Nelson said he was “outraged” by the “irresponsible and destabilizing action”.

Yury Shvytkin, deputy chairman of the Russian house of parliament’s defence committee, said Washington’s accusations did not “correspond to reality”.

“Russia is not engaged in the militarization of space,” he was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying.

“We have been and are against the militarization of space.”

But Pavel Felgenhauer told AFP it had “long known that we have anti-missile and anti-space weapons and that we are deploying them”.

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Anti-satellite weapons are high-tech missiles seen by nations. India was the last to carry out this test on a target in 2019, criticized by the US and others after India was the last to carry out a test on a target in 2019, an incident criticized by the US and others after created hundreds of pieces of “space junk”.

The US shot a satellite in response to China in 2008.

Last year, Britain and the US accused Russia of testing a satellite that opened up and released a smaller craft to stalk an American satellite.

Despite the tension, the US and Russia have had strong space ties since the Cold War, together closely on the ISS, which they built together.

Source-CTV News

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