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We continue to collaborate with India on security and safety in space

We continue to collaborate with India on security and safety in space”

India's External Affairs Ministry in a statement after the March 27 test said that whatever debris generated would decay and fall back to Earth within weeks as the test was in the lower atmosphere.

"That is a bad, awful thing to create an event that sends debris in an apogee that goes above the International Space Station", Mr Bridenstine told a town hall meeting live-streamed on NASA TV.

That said, Bridenstine assured the town hall audience that the six people now on board the ISS aren't in any immediate danger.

"That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight".

Under the Mission Shakti, a joint mission of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the anti-satellite missile test was conducted in which one of India's existing satellites operating in the lower orbit was destroyed with a missile within a matter of minutes. About 25 of those pieces have been catapulted by the anti-satellite missile test to locations above the ISS, from where, possibly, they would pass the International Space Station and gradually descend toward Earth.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been accused of using activities in space as political stunts. NASA has identified approximately 400 pieces from the destroyed satellite, of which 60 are larger than 10 centimetres (4 inches) wide-large enough to be tracked by the U.S. military's ground radars, SpaceNews reports.

As part of the announcement, the agency also said that the first crewed test flight of Starliner to the International Space Station-which theoretically could come before the end of 2019, but now seems doubtful-will be of extended duration. President Trump announced the creation of a U.S. Space Force last June, and China, India and other nations are also doubling down on defense-related space ambitions.

One week after India became the fourth country in the world to target and shatter a satellite in low Earth orbit with a missile, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine condemned the unilateral move on Monday.

"India stands tall as a space power!" This included 60 pieces which were larger than 10 cm in diameter, and 24 of which were travelling through the orbit of the ISS, which led them to raise the risk rate to ISS by 44 percent.

He also dismissed the notion that India's arrival on the space weapons scene will spark a new arms race - because one is already underway and India is simply striving to keep up. "It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony", Modi tweeted shortly after the test.

Astronomer Jonathan McDowell from the prestigious Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics had said India acted in a less irresponsible manner than the Chinese in doing the test.



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