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Russia conducts reckless anti-satellite missile test, endangering future space exploration

This news story was published on November 21, 2021.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Russia conducted a reckless anti-satellite missile test last week, endangering future space exploration, U.S. officials warn.

According to Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State:

On November 15, 2021, the Russian Federation recklessly conducted a destructive test of a direct-ascent anti-satellite missile against one of its own satellites.

This test has so far generated over fifteen hundred pieces of trackable orbital debris and will likely generate hundreds of thousands of pieces of smaller orbital debris. The long-lived debris created by this dangerous and irresponsible test will now threaten satellites and other space objects that are vital to all nations’ security, economic, and scientific interests for decades to come. In addition, it will significantly increase the risk to astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station and other human spaceflight activities. The safety and security of all actors seeking to explore and use outer space for peaceful purposes has been carelessly endangered by this test.

Antony J. Blinken

The events of November 15, 2021, clearly demonstrate that Russia, despite its claims of opposing the weaponization of outer space, is willing to jeopardize the long-term sustainability of outer space and imperil the exploration and use of outer space by all nations through its reckless and irresponsible behavior.

The United States will work with our allies and partners as we seek to respond to this irresponsible act. We call upon all responsible spacefaring nations to join us in efforts to develop norms of responsible behavior and to refrain from conducting dangerous and irresponsible destructive tests like those carried out by Russia.

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2 Responses to Russia conducts reckless anti-satellite missile test, endangering future space exploration

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 21, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    tRump’s right hand man will do whatever he wants!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 22, 2021 at 7:01 pm

      Did he fly a supersonic missile around the world like Joey’s CCP boy did?