US Condemns Russia’s “Reckless And Irresponsible” Anti-Satellite Missile Test For Endangering Astronauts

Politico reports:

The United States on Monday confirmed that a Russian anti-satellite missile test was responsible for causing a debris field in space that forced astronauts aboard the International Space Station to temporarily seek shelter.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price [photo] told reporters that Russia had “recklessly conducted a destructive satellite test of a direct ascent anti-satellite missile against one of its own satellites.”

The Russian test, Price said, “has so far generated over 1,500 pieces of trackable, orbital debris and hundreds of thousands of pieces of smaller orbital debris that now threaten the interests of all nations.”

Read the full article. Earlier today crew members aboard the International Space Station briefly took shelter inside the Dragon and Soyuz lifeboats as the station passed through the debris field.