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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Russia contradicts risking ISS astronauts with arms trials

Key takeaways: 

  • US authorities summons Russia for producing almost 1500 pieces of spaces scraps after demolishing old satellites. 
  • Russian authorities state a Russian projectile trial this week poses no danger to astronauts aboard at the station, countering summonings from the US and NATO. 

Russian missile launch results in accusations from the US authorities: 

Russian authorities on Tuesday refused accusations that they risked astronauts aboard the International Space Station by controlling an arms trial that produced almost 1500 pieces of scrap in space. 

US authorities on Monday summoned Russia of demolishing an old satellite with a projectile in what they called a careless and irresponsible hit. They stated the debris might destruct the space station, an assessment supported by NATO’s chief. 

Astronauts currently face four times higher risk than usual from space junk, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson told The Associated Press. The defunct Russian satellite Cosmos 1408 was orbiting around 65 kilometres greater than the space station. 

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The trial exhibits that Russia, “despite its claims of opposing the weaponization of outer space, is willing to … imperil the exploration and use of outer space by all nations through its reckless and irresponsible behaviour,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared. Source – cbc.ca

White House spokesperson Andrew Bates stated Tuesday that Russia’s action exhibited its “complete disregard for the security, safety, stability and long-term sustainability of the space domain for all nations.” Source – cbc.ca

“This debris will continue to pose a direct risk to activities in outer space for years to come and puts at risk satellites all countries rely on for national security, economic prosperity and scientific discovery.” Source – cbc.ca

He stated the United States would work with its allies “as we seek to respond to this irresponsible act.”  Source – cbc.ca

Russia condemns pietism: 

The Russian space agency Roscosmos wouldn’t confirm or contradict that the hit took place, stating only that “unconditional safety of the staff has been and remains our major priority,” in a statement Tuesday.  Source – cbc.ca

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