Debris From Test of Russian Antisatellite Weapon Forces Astronauts to Shelter

November 17, 2021

The New York Times:

The State Department said the cloud of debris from the missile strike added more than 1,500 pieces of sizable space junk to Earth’s orbit.

Russia carried out an anti-satellite missile test on Monday, obliterating one of its own satellites in orbit. The test created a vast cloud of debris that continues to orbit Earth, and some of the material loomed dangerously close to the International Space Station, forcing astronauts to take shelter for hours in a pair of spacecraft capable of returning them to Earth.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken in a statement on Monday described the missile strike as “recklessly conducted…”

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