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The United States blasted Russia for the “reckless and dangerous” anti-satellite bombing that caused astronauts at the International Space Station to evacuate to avoid the debris.

“Russia has demonstrated a deliberate disregard for the security, safety, stability, and long-term sustainability of the space domain for all nations,” U.S. Army Gen. James Dickinson, U.S. Space Command commander, decried in a statement


Russia reportedly tested a direct-ascent anti-satellite missile on their own decommissioned satellite, which resulted in a detritus field in the Earth’s orbit that has more than 1,500 pieces of trackable debris. 

He classified the test as “simply irresponsible” and noted that the debris it created “will continue to pose a threat to activities in outer space for years to come, putting satellites and space missions at risk, as well as forcing more collision avoidance maneuvers.”

The immediate threat was to the seven astronauts, including four Americans and two Russian cosmonauts, currently residing on the International Space Station.

NASA said that the astronauts were woken up at 2 a.m. EST and told to shelter in place in their spacecraft for two hours, while the space station passed “through or near” the cloud of debris three times. They continue to be at risk from objects that are too small to be tracked as they orbit 220 nautical miles over Earth. 

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said that he was “outraged” by the action that he considers both irresponsible and destabilizing. 

“With its long and storied history in human spaceflight, it is unthinkable that Russia would endanger not only the American and international partner astronauts on the ISS, but also their own cosmonauts,” he remarked. “Their actions are reckless and dangerous.”

State Department spokesperson Ned Price noted the US has repeatedly warned Russian officials about the danger of such tests, and would now be consulting with partners and allies about a response, but will make it very clear that “we won’t tolerate this kind of activity.”

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
9 months ago

Testing Biden again & very scary

Craig Silver
Craig Silver
9 months ago

And if you believe this I have some swamp land for sale?

Buck Fiden
Buck Fiden
9 months ago
Reply to  Craig Silver

Believe what? Putin knows Biden & his handlers are weak so he figures why not. He couldn’t care less about his cosmonauts. It’s all about appearances and he knows testing Biden will show that he’s weak to the rest of the world.

Pawn
Pawn
9 months ago
Reply to  Craig Silver

Craig believe what?

JimN
JimN
9 months ago

Who among you does not believe that was an intentional test of future war tactic?

Keith Clark
Keith Clark
9 months ago
Reply to  JimN

Only the Democrats.

Pawn
Pawn
9 months ago
Reply to  JimN

Probably was as I bet any nation that could would do something similar but maybe not so stupidly. Biden and his bosses are now plotting what to do and blame it on trump. Ok so I am not a Trump fan per say. I am a trump policy supporter and I wuld vote for Trump. But Trump has done more for America than the last, well many presidents but he doesn’t need to call names. I think trump, if elected, should have a cabinet of all new people, no politicians, he should appoint all new people…just a thought

BlessdAmerican
BlessdAmerican
9 months ago
Reply to  Pawn

What Trump managed to accomplish against ALL impossible odds and attacks was nothing short of miraculous. I’m still amazed. We were doing great under Trump in SO many areas, including military readiness and strength. We, the American people, were robbed not only of our choice of POTUS in the last election, we were robbed of our freedom and sovereignty.