Russia Fired A Missile In Space Almost Killing 7 Astronauts


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Russia Fired A Missile In Space Almost Killing 7 Astronauts

Russia’s anti-satellite missile test put the life of seven astronauts aboard the ISS in danger. In the missile test, Russia shot down one of its satellites in low-Earth orbit. The satellite was named Kosmos 1458 and was launched more than 30 years ago. The explosion created more than 1,500 large pieces of trackable debris, along with hundreds or thousands of untrackable smaller pieces.

As the target satellite was in orbit just above the ISS at 480km, and the International space station passed through the debris field every 93 minutes, it put the astronauts stationed there in danger.

NASA asked them to take refuge in their docked spacecraft capsules for two hours as a precaution. After the third pass of the ISS through the debris, NASA deemed it safe for the astronauts to return inside the station. Not only this, but the test also endangered the Chinese space station Tiangong-3, which is currently being assembled in orbit and is holding three Chinese astronauts. Several countries have condemned Russia’s actions for being reckless and dangerous.


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