RUSSIA reportedly conducted an anti-satellite weapon's test forcing ISS crew to take shelter from debris, Space Command revealed.
According to CNN, two US officials confirmed a major Russian anti-satellite weapons test occurred over the weekend.
The US Space Command is aware of the situation, saying: "U.S. Space Command is aware of a debris-generating event in outer space.
"We are actively working to characterize the debris field and will continue to ensure all space-faring nations have the information necessary to maneuver satellites if impacted."
The US State Department is prepared to put out a statement on the matter later today.
The statement from US Space Command came hours after astronauts were forced into the Russian Soyuz and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsules as part of “safe heaven” measures designed to protect them in the event of a collision.
The orbit of the debris cloud and the International Space Station appears to be intersecting roughly every 90 minutes, meaning that the concern continues even as astronauts are now out of those spacecraft.
According to Todd Harrison, director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International, there are many ways that debris can be created in space.
Two satellites – or a satellite and piece of space junk – could collide while orbiting the Earth. Countries could launch anti-satellite missiles from the ground to destroy objects in orbit.
There could also be a catastrophic anomaly, such as a satellite’s fuel tank exploding or its battery overheating and then exploding, Harrison told the Houston Chronicle.
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