US Accuses Russia Of Endangering The International Space Station With a Military Test

US accuses Russia of endangering the International Space Station with a military test

The US State Department accused Russia on Monday of having acted in a “dangerous and irresponsible” manner with a military test with an anti-satellite missile that put astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) “at risk” due to space debris generated.

This was indicated by the spokesman for the State Department, Ned Price, in a press conference in which he confirmed the military test by Moscow in which it destroyed one of its satellites.


“Russia’s dangerous and irresponsible behavior endangers the security of outer space and clearly demonstrates that Russia’s statements against the use of weapons in space are false and hypocritical,” the US official said.

Price said that the explosion of the Russian satellite has generated more than “1,500 identifiable space debris” and hundreds of thousands more of small size. “This test significantly increases the risk for ISS astronauts and cosmonauts, as well as other human space activities,” he said.

For its part, the Russian Defense Ministry admitted on Tuesday that it carried out a test with an anti-satellite missile on Monday and has called the US “hypocritical.” “Specifically, on November 15 of this year the Russian Defense Ministry successfully conducted a test, as a result of which the inoperative Russian space apparatus” Tselina-D “, which had been in orbit since 1982, was hit”, the military entity has indicated in a statement.

“The United States knows with certainty that the resulting fragments, in terms of the time that the test lasted and the orbital parameters did not represent and will not represent a threat to orbital stations, aircraft and space activities.”

There are currently seven astronauts on the ISS, Americans Mark Vande Hei, Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron; along with Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, and German Matthias Maurer from the European Space Agency.

The military test, not reported by Russia, comes at a time of growing tensions between Moscow and Washington over the concentration of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, where according to the Ukrainian government there are about 90,000 Russian soldiers.



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