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Russian Antisatellite Weapon Test May Have Littered Space With Dangerous Debris

Added 11-15-21 03:16:03pm EST - “Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took shelter in their docked capsules after what U.S. officials called "a debris-generating event."” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Russian Antisatellite Weapon Test May Have Littered Space With Dangerous Debris”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Russian antisatellite weapon test may have created a dangerous field of orbiting space debris that threatened the International Space Station over the weekend, unnamed U.S. officials told CNN.

In a statement, U.S. Space Command (which is different than Space Force) confirmed “a debris-generating event” occurred, but notably declined to mention the cause or Russia.

Two U.S. officials told CNN that Russia carried out an antisatellite test over the weekend, and one suggested a link to the debris. That scenario is bolstered by a report from Seradata, a private space data and analysis company that tracked a suspected ground-launched antisatellite missile strike from Russia.

The missile struck a defunct Soviet-era intelligence satellite that had been in orbit since 1982 and scattered at least 14 pieces of debris large enough to be tracked, according to Seradata. If confirmed, it would be Russia’s fourth such antisatellite test.

The seven astronauts aboard the ISS had to repeatedly take safety measures Monday, sheltering in their docked capsules while the station passed the orbiting junk.

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