December 2, 2021

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Danger to ISS astronauts: Russia triggers space missile test – Politics abroad

Washington / Moscow – Russian President Vladimir Putin (69) has re-ignited the world, tested an anti-satellite missile and endangered the lives of astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS)!

Last Sunday, Russia tested an anti-satellite direct missile (DA-ASAT), which struck a Russian satellite and created a debris field in low Earth orbit. The test is likely to generate hundreds of thousands of small orbiting debris, according to the U.S. Army Space Command, which has generated more than 1,500 traceable debris to date.

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Presumably, these will eventually crumble into hundreds of thousands of small pieces of debris that, according to the U.S. government, will “be in orbit for years and decades.” This means “significant threat to space operations by International Space Station personnel and other human beings and to satellites of many countries”.

The U.S. government has accused Russia of endangering the security of ISS members. “We condemn Russia’s ruthless test,” said US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen on Monday evening (local time). The Russian satellite bombing created space debris “which would endanger the lives of astronauts, the integrity of the International Space Station and the interests of all nations”.

German astronaut Matthias Maurer is currently on the ISS. It was tricky for him and his colleagues as the garbage was scattered!


Matthias Maurer (left) with his teammates Tom Marshburn, Raja Sari and Kyla BaronPhoto: SpaceX

The ISS was briefly destroyed twice on Monday as it could collide with space debris. According to the Russian state agency Dass, astronaut Pyotr Duprov said all seven astronauts escaped unharmed in two spacecraft parked on the station on both occasions.


Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir PutinPhoto: Alexei Nikolsky / dpa

According to the European Space Agency’s Isa, Maurer has switched to the “Crew Dragon”, with which Charlender reached the outpost of humanity only last Friday. In the event of a collision, the crew could have flown to Earth so quickly.

US Secretary of State James Dickinson has criticized Russia for deliberately neglecting the security, security, stability and long – term stability of the space for all nations. “Russia is developing capabilities that radically deny access and use of space by the United States and its allies and partners.”

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