The US State Department described Russia’s attitude as dangerous and irresponsible after a military test with an anti-satellite missile put the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) at risk.
According to the United States, the destruction of the satellite generated more than 1,500 identifiable space debris and hundreds of thousands more of small size.
Because of this, the seven astronauts at the station were ordered to take refuge in the docked capsules for two hours after the military test as a precaution in case evacuation had been necessary.
The ISS was orbiting through or near the debris every 90 minutes, until after the third step the specialists assured that it was safe for the crew.
NASA explained in a statement that in the coming days it will continue to monitor the situation to rule out any type of risk.
“This test significantly increases the risk for ISS astronauts and cosmonauts, as well as other human space activities,” said Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department.
This military test in space was not reported by Russia. “Russia’s dangerous and irresponsible behavior endangers the security of outer space and clearly demonstrates that its statements against the use of weapons in space are false and hypocritical,” the official noted.
Currently on the International Space Station are astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron, as well as cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, and German Matthias Maurer from the European Space Agency.